A San Diego-based company has announced its acquisition of the second phase of a wind energy project near Broken Bow.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy 43 wind turbines for the 75 megawatt wind farm located in Custer County.
The company says the project is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 30,000 Nebraska homes. The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold to Nebraska Public Power District under a 25-year contract.
Construction is slated to begin in December of this year, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.
"Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Broken Bow 2 wind project will create
hundreds of construction jobs and provide a substantial economic boost
to the local economy," said Melissa Garcia, President and CEO of Custer
Economic Development Corporation. "Wind energy development compliments
Custer County's business landscape and we look forward to seeing the
project break ground later this year."
The company expects the project to employ around 300 workers during peak construction.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power bought the project from Edison Mission Energy, of Santa Ana, Calif. Edison Mission has retained
ownership and control of the first phase of the project, which includes
about 50 turbines generating a total of about 80 megawatts.