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TVA signs wind project contract

Source: Tennessee Valley Authority

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is adding more wind energy to its power generation mix with a contract to buy up to 201 megawatts of renewable energy from a Kansas wind farm.

The 20-year agreement with Caney River Wind Project LLC will deliver wind power to the TVA region from a facility to be built in Elk County, Kansas. The farm will have 111 turbines across some 14,000 acres. Generation is expected to begin in 2012.

“This contract puts TVA another step closer to fulfilling its vision to be one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by sharpening our focus on renewables and energy efficiency…” said TVA Senior Vice President John Trawick said.

With this contract, TVA will have added up to 1,581 megawatts of wind power resources to its generation portfolio since issuing a request for proposals in December 2008 for as much as 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy.

TVA’s current renewable energy mix totals 4,443 megawatts from hydroelectric, wind, solar and methane sources. In addition, TVA’s nuclear plants contribute 6,900 megawatts of emission-free electricity to the power grid.

Caney River Wind Project LLC is a direct subsidiary of TradeWind Energy, based in Lenexa, Kansas. The wind farm will be constructed, owned and operated by TradeWind partner Enel North America, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power, Italy’s largest power company.

TVA, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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