The Omaha Public Power District is looking to nearly double its wind energy producing power with a new project near Elgin, Neb.
On Thursday, the district’s board will vote on the purchase of 200 megawatts of energy from the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. The 118-tower wind farm, located in Boone and Antelope counties, is scheduled to open in January 2014 and will produce enough electricity to power 59,000 homes.
OPPD would purchase the power from the company building the farm, the Chicago-based wind development company Invenergy.
The project will be OPPD’s largest ever in wind energy, and will help the district meet a major goal: producing 10 percent of its power with renewable energy projects by 2020. If the deal goes through as planned, OPPD will meet that milestone six years early.