Ørsted’s subsidiary to build 230MW Plum Creek wind farm in Nebraska, US
September 05, 2019 – Danish energy giant Ørsted’s American subsidiary Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) has issued the Final Notice to Proceed on its 230MW Plum Creek wind facility in Nebraska, US.
The notice follows the final investment decision from the board of directors of Ørsted. To be located in Wayne County, the wind farm is expected to generate enough clean energy to power 100,000 US homes annually.
Lincoln Clean Energy CEO Declan Flanagan said: “We are happy to announce that the Plum Creek facility has reached this important milestone that keeps us on target to achieve commercial operation by 2020.
“Plum Creek is an excellent addition to the growing LCE portfolio and expands our geographic footprint in the attractive Southwest Power Pool (SPP) market, which serves the central United States.”
The wind farm is expected to be operational by next year. Once operational, the Plum Creek wind project could generate high-paying local jobs, resulting in more than $3m in local community benefits annually in the Wayne County area, in the form of property tax revenues.
The construction phase of the wind farm could generate nearly 250 temporary jobs and 7-10 high-paying permanent jobs overseeing operations and maintenance.
The power generated from the wind farm will be supplied under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to The J.M. Smucker Company, Vail Resorts, and Avery Dennison.
The J.M. Smucker Company was the first company to have signed the PPA to buy 60MW of power from the project.
In July this year, LCE achieved commercial operations of its 184MW Lockett Wind project in Wilbarger County, Texas. The wind farm will generate more than 700,000MWh of clean energy annually, which is equivalent of powering 70,000 households.
By bringing Lockett Wind project into operations, LCE now has more than 1GW in operational assets, along with 1.3GW projects in construction and late stage development across the US.