Edison Mission Energy completes 80 MW wind project

Edison Mission Energy (EME), a subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has dedicated the Broken Bow wind project in Custer County, Neb.

The $145 million wind project, known as Broken Bow LLC, will be operated by EME and is capable of generating up to 80 MW of electricity.  All of the power produced by Broken Bow will be sold to NPPD under a 20-year power purchase agreement.  The project is targeted to begin commercial operations within the next several weeks.

Construction of Broken Bow is taking approximately one year to complete. During its peak construction phase, the project employed approximately 100 individuals at the site.  During construction, the project contributed approximately $5.6 million to the state in sales tax revenues.

The wind farm will provide average annual tax revenues of approximately $600,000 over the next 25 years in property taxes and state income taxes. In addition, Broken Bow will generate an average of $540,000 per year in lease royalties to local landowners. Operations at the wind farm will provide seven permanent jobs in the Broken Bow area.

The facility is powered by 50 wind turbines, each capable of producing 1.6 MW of power at peak output.  The turbines are mounted on 80-meter high towers.  The wind farm site occupies approximately 14,000 acres of land.

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