published Thursday, October 7th, 2010

TVA contracts to buy more wind-generated power

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today it is contracting with a wind farm in Kansas to add more renewable power to its power generation mix.

TVA signed a 20-year agreement with Caney River Wind Project LLC today to deliver wind power to the TVA region from a facility to be built in Elk County, Kan. 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, relying more on nuclear power, continuing to improve air quality, and relying less on coal,” TVA Senior Vice President John Trawick said in a prepared statement. “Wind energy is an increasingly valuable part of our generation portfolio.”

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. The additional wind generation under contract is more than what a single nuclear reactor will generate for TVA, although the wind turbines will operate less frequently.

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, Kan. 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.

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jpo3136 said...

Tennessee's Senators have failed to support our state's best interest by failing to make use of these wind farms.

I recall being in Iraq and reading in the Stars and Stripes that Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was opposed to windmills that could generate energy for our state.

Since we have many places with steady wind to the point that we are the home of some international hang gliding records, why are we having to import wind energy from anywhere?

We have got to shrug off this harmful, anachronistic dependence on fossil fuels and get moving with the basic science of solar and wind power.

We cannot continue to embarrass our state by letting these elected officials fail to represent our views, which are that we deserve sustainable energy sources!

How many mountains worth of coal ash need to sludge their way into poisoning our resources before we start standing up to these politicians over who gives them money for their TV commercials?

It is a shame that we are not a world leader in the area of wind power! We have ideal terrain for this form of energy generation.

We should make an immediate and permanent move to put a stop to the gross negligence and embarrassing ignorance foisted upon our people by these old old company crony politicians.

We deserve good wind power today! And, we deserve, and should, lead the entire United States and the whole world in producing this form of electricity!

This supplement from Kansas should be seen as a temporary band-aid to cover up the sad mistakes some of our politicians have made when they mis-spoke by failing to boldly and clearly announce our unflagging support for obtaining our free and continuous energy commodities from the wind and the sun!

More wind farms in Tennessee today!

October 7, 2010 at 8:50 p.m.
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