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TVA gets kudos for using more wind power

Carno Wind Farm above Trannon Farm - geograph....

Carno Wind Farm above Trannon Farm - - 1730187 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TVA has been recognized for adding significant amounts of wind power to its power generating portfolio this year.

TVA added 1,100 megawatts of wind energy capacity from seven sites in 2012, according to a press release.

The utility was named "Utility of the Year" by the American Wind Energy Association. and one of the "Most Innovative Utilitie in Renewable Integration" by Fierce Energy.

In January, TVA activated 535 megawatts of wind power from four wind farms in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.  In June another 200 megawatts came from a second Illinois facility.  During November and December an additional 165 megawatts came from cansas and 200 from Illinois.

TVA now has 10 contracts with nine wind farms for more than 1,500 megawatts of energy.

The Buffalo Mountain site near Knoxville became the first commercial wind farm in the Southeast in 2000 and provides 27 megawatts of capacity.

TVA's renewable energy portfolio includes more than 6,300 megawatts of  energy capacity from hydro, wind, solar, and biomass. 

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has added new renewable wind power sources to its powergrid in January.

"Delivery of power from these contracts and others expected to be activated in the near future will enable TVA to continue advancing towards its vision to become one of the nation's leaders in clean energy by 2020," said John Trawick, TVA senior vice president for Commercial Operations and Pricing, in a press release.

The four wind farms will add 535 megawatts, bringing TVA's total wind energy to 950 megawatts,  or more than 3 million megawatt hours annually, the organization said. 

The new sources:
--201 megawatts comes from ENEL Green Power's Caney River wind farm in Elk County, Kan.  
--150 megawatts from NextEra Energy Resources' White Oak Energy Center in McLean County, Ill.  
---101 megawatts from EDP Renewables North America's Lost Lakes wind farm in Dickinson County, Iowa.

In addition, EDP Renewables' Pioneer Prairie site in Howard and Mitchell counties, Iowa -- which began producing wind energy for TVA in 2010 -- has increased output an additional 83 megawatts.

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Vertical access wind turbine. Image via Wikipedia

New Wind LLC, a Nashville-based startup company, has installed its first solar-wind powered turbine in the city, reports Duane Marsteller of the Tennessean. The unit will power a parking lot's streetlight.

The company, formed in February of 2010, specializes in small wind-power installations for businesses and residential customers.  

Unlike traditional windmills, New Wind offers turbines  that spin horizontally, allowing them to be placed closer to the ground.  The company says that the turbines are quieter and don't pose a danger to birds or bats.

The company's units also incorporate solar power for operation on non-windy days. New Wind offers seven sizes of VAWT turbines, ranging from small 350 watt units up to 9 kilowatts that can be mounted on a roof or on the ground.

Plans are in the works for more installations says company president and CEO Stuart Wilson.

New Wind also has an office in San Diego, Calif.

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Pellissippi State Community College will host Rick Carson, TVA's renewable operations manager, on campus Monday, Sept. 26 to speak about wind energy from 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 

The free presentation is in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. 

Carson will talk about wind power and its potential for cleaner energy. 

TVA operates 18 wind turbines on Buffalo Mountain near Oak Ridge, creating enough energy to power about 2,780 homes.

For more information about this event, contact Ann Kronk, associate professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences, at (865) 539-7162.
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In November of 2010 Dave Flessner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston, Texas-based power transmission company, had proposed a $3.5 billion project with TVA to bring power from windmills in Oklahoma and Texas to customers in the Tennessee Valley.

Unfortunately the project needs approval from regulators in multiple states, and has run into some roadblocks.

According to an Associated Press report, regulators in Arkansas denied the company's request for public utility status earlier this month, and a hearing set to begin this week in Oklahoma on the subject has been continued until March.

See our original post on the project for more information.
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Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston, Texas-based power transmission company, has proposed a $3.5 billion project with TVA to bring power from windmills in Oklahoma and Texas to customers in the Tennessee Valley.

Dave Flessner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the project will require approval from at least four federal and state regulatory agencies. But TVA officials say such a project could provide a major source of green power.

Jimmy Glotfelty, executive vice president of external affairs for Clean Line Energy, said the company has asked state regulators in Oklahoma and Arkansas for permission to pursue the project.

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