The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more wind energy to its power generation mix with a contract to buy up to 201 megawatts of renewable energy from a wind farm in Kansas.

Wind-Turbine-in-SunshineThe Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more wind energy to its power generation mix with a contract to buy up to 201 megawatts of renewable energy from a wind farm in Kansas.

The 20-year agreement with Caney River Wind Project LLC will 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. “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.

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.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 33,700 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities, states, and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.

Source: News Release | TVA