Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), the US onshore wind subsidiary of Ørsted, has issued the ‘Final Notice to Proceed’ on its Plum Creek windfarm. LCE issued the notice after the final investment decision (FID) was approved by Ørsted board members.
Located in Wayne County, Nebraska, Plum Creek is a 230MW windfarm, which is expected to commence operations in 2020. Once operational, the wind facility is expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 100,000 homes annually.
LCE CEO Declan Flanagan said: “We’re 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.”
With the issuance of the notice, LCE currently has 670MW of windfarms which are under construction across Texas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Additionally, the company has signed long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) with The J.M. Smucker Company, Vail Resorts and Avery Dennison Corporation.
In July this year, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority selected Sunrise Wind, a 50-50 partnership between Ørsted and Eversource, to negotiate an offshore wind renewable energy certificate for an 880MW offshore wind farm for 25 years.
Sunrise Wind will construct an operations and maintenance hub in Port Jefferson, Long Island, invest in additional port infrastructure upgrades and establish offshore wind training programmes in the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the projects Sunrise Wind and the 816MW Empire Wind would be the state’s first offshore windfarms.
Empire Wind will be developed by Norwegian energy company Equinor.