Project Highlights & Progress
- Located within the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) electrical grid footprint.
- Over 20,000 acres secured and first South Dakota Landowner Association created to enable ease of administration and facilitate quick decision-making post construction.
- Four years of bankable measured wind data from three 60m NRG met masts, completed by WindLogics of St. Paul, MN.
- Strong wind net capacity factor, uniform between day and night; and unlike many US wind regimes, quite steady and strong even during summer months.
- Project has executed a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement WAPA which will tie into a 230kV transmission line owned by WAPA.
- Revised Environmental Assessment consistent with the National Environmental Protection Act under review by WAPA. The project expects the issuance of a finding of No Significant Impact in early 2014.
- CCWF executed a Power Purchase Agreement for 98 megawatts in December 2013.
- Final wind turbine selection and final financing activities underway.
- Construction expected to commence in the summer of 2014, with the project fully operational in 2015
To meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 20% renewable energy by 2030, the United States would have to generate 300,000MW versus the 25,300MW wind generation today. All of the wind generated today would only amount to 8% of the goal. This opens the door for great opportunity in wind development.