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Wind farm project weighed

The Labs' Wind Energy Technology Department and the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program have embarked on a project to determine if a roughly 30-megawatt plant is viable, the base and labs said in a news release. A private company would design, build, and operate the farm, and DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia and Kirtland would buy the electricity, Sandia said.

Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base are studying the possibility of building a shared wind farm that could provide as much as one-third of the electricity used by the two entities.

The Labs' Wind Energy Technology Department and the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program have embarked on a project to determine if a roughly 30-megawatt plant is viable, the base and labs said in a news release.

A private company would design, build, and operate the farm, and DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia and Kirtland would buy the electricity, Sandia said.

Wind Energy Department Manager Jose Zayas says the project - called Sandia Wind Farm Feasibility Project - is part of the DOE Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative.

According to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, the TEAM initiative goal is to "maximize installation of secure, on-site renewable energy projects at all DOE sites." In addition to installing renewable energy, other DOE goals are to reduce energy use by 30 percent and use third parties to finance the projects.

A Request For Information was recently placed on a Sandia procurement Web site in an effort to make... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base are studying the possibility of building a shared wind farm that could provide as much as one-third of the electricity used by the two entities.

The Labs' Wind Energy Technology Department and the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program have embarked on a project to determine if a roughly 30-megawatt plant is viable, the base and labs said in a news release.

A private company would design, build, and operate the farm, and DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia and Kirtland would buy the electricity, Sandia said.

Wind Energy Department Manager Jose Zayas says the project - called Sandia Wind Farm Feasibility Project - is part of the DOE Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative.

According to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, the TEAM initiative goal is to "maximize installation of secure, on-site renewable energy projects at all DOE sites." In addition to installing renewable energy, other DOE goals are to reduce energy use by 30 percent and use third parties to finance the projects.

A Request For Information was recently placed on a Sandia procurement Web site in an effort to make commercial, utility-scale wind farm developers, owners, operators, energy service companies, and financiers aware of the potential opportunity to build a wind farm on the base. Deadline to respond to the RFI and be eligible to compete for the partnership is July 3.

In addition, Sandia is holding an "Industry Day" on Tuesday in Albuquerque where interested developers can obtain information and ask questions. Brian Connor of DOE's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program will address the federal goals and objectives of the TEAM initiative. For more details, visit www.sandia.gov/wind.

The initial stage of the project will involve investigating the feasibility of building the farm on federal lands and/or the adjacent Isleta Pueblo. In the next couple of months, Sandia will install a meteorological station on a ridge line in the Manzano mountains near Albuquerque to measure wind speed and direction. A second will follow.

As part of the feasibility effort, the study team will spend a year assessing the wind characteristics, as well as looking at accessibility to lines, substations, and PNM's Sandia switching station.

Together, Sandia and KAFB use 72 MW during peak loads and about 40-50 MW at any given time, Sandia said.


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JUN 9 2008
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