TVA to Buy 450 Megawatts From Dakota Wind Turbines

TVA has entered contracts to purchase up to 450 megawatts of renewable wind energy – enough to serve about 140,000 average-size homes in the Tennessee Valley – from companies in North and South Dakota.

Under contracts announced, CPV Renewable Energy Company will supply up to 200 megawatts from 87 turbines at its Ashley wind farm in McIntosh County, N.D., and Invenergy Wind LLC will supply up to 250 megawatts of power from 167 wind turbines at its Hurricane Lake Energy Center in Roberts County, S.D.

The wind power supply will be delivered to TVA beginning in 2012, if all applicable environmental requirements are met and firm transmission paths to TVA are secured.

“TVA is committed to increasing our generation from non-carbon emitting sources by adding competitively priced wind, solar and biomass to our portfolio,” said TVA Executive Vice President of Power Supply & Fuels Van Wardlaw.

The contracts are the result of a request for proposals that TVA issued in December 2008.

“We are delighted to partner with TVA to develop more of this clean, renewable resource to help power American lives,” said CPV REC Senior Vice President Sean Finnerty.

“Invenergy is pleased to continue our relationship with TVA that started with the Buffalo Mountain project and now includes the Hurricane Lake Wind Energy Center,” said Invenergy President Michael Polsky. “When completed, the facility will feature the latest technology in one of the most productive areas of the United States for wind power.”

TVA’s current renewable energy portfolio includes 3,830 megawatts from hydro, wind, solar and methane sources. In addition, TVA’s nuclear plants contribute 6,900 megawatts of clean electricity to the power grid.

TVA plans to sign contracts for additional clean energy resources in support of its goal of having more than 50 percent of its generation from non-carbon emitting sources that include nuclear, modernized hydroelectric and renewables.

TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also creates economic development opportunities and manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.