Tag Archives: Omaha-based Tenaska

Iowa Governor To Lead Midwestern Governors Association With Focus On Transmission

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) has announced its 2019 leadership: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz have been named chair and vice chair of the association, respectively . . . Under Reynolds – hailing from wind-rich Iowa – the association will bring together the energy policy and utility regulatory staff, as well as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and stakeholders, to establish a long-term transmission grid vision for the region. Read more here.

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Omaha-based Tenaska developing 2,000 MW of solar in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Market, Tenaska News Release

The transaction includes 14 solar projects with approximately 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The portfolio represents a large share of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.  Flickr Photo by Juwi Renewable Energies Limited

Solar tsunami, PV Magazine USA
Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years. 

Electric Power Markets: National Overview, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Nebraska is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) wholesale market.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas. SPP manages transmission in fourteen states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Its membership is comprised of investor-owned utilities, municipal
systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, state authorities, independent power producers, power marketers and independent transmission companies.

Utilities, Municipalities Are Warming Up To Solar Power

Written by Scott Wiater, President and CEO of Maryland-based Standard Solar Posted by Solar Industry Magazine

Although some of the biggest utilities outside of California are still struggling to deal with integrating solar into their portfolios, there are many utilities that get it. Some are large – Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, to name but two. Some are small, such as the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) in Florida and River Falls, Wis., Municipal Utilities. Read more here.

Photo by Erik Christensen, Flickr

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Future wind farm to benefit local economy

By Katie Stevenson, News Editor, Northwest Missourian

“Tenaska is developing a 200 to 300-megawatt wind project near Maryville in Nodaway County,” Ten Kley [Director of Strategic Development & Acquisitions at Tenaska] said. “Since we first started talking to landowners in April, we have signed agreements for the majority of the acres needed to construct the project, and we are driving toward completion of our leasing efforts.”

The Tenaska wind farm will boost the local economy, according to Ten Kley. The total estimated construction will cost between $200 million to $300 million but will also increase tax revenue to the local government. Continue reading.

Photo: Tenaska Headquarters in Omaha

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Tenaska activates 150 MW solar plant, sells solar power to SDG&E

By Editors of Electric Light & Power / POWERGRID International

tenaskaThe 150 MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, a new solar plant in Southern California capable of powering 55,000 homes, is fully operational. The project supplies power under a 25-year agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ( SDG&E). Tenaska Imperial West is Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska’s second large-scale solar power project to achieve commercial operation and highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy. Read more.

Two big power consumers leaving Berkshire Hathaway’s NV Energy and purchasing energy from Omaha-based Tenaska

By Mark Chediak and Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg Businessweek

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When Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Nevada’s main utility, NV Energy, three years ago, it inherited a lucrative customer base: the neon-lit, air-conditioned casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Now they’re in the midst of a costly split. Lured by the prospect of cheaper, cleaner energy elsewhere, two of the Strip’s biggest power users, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts, told regulators in May they’re willing to pay millions in fees to ditch NV Energy’s services . . . The Public Utilities Commission determined MGM must pay $86.9 million to NV Energy, based on its usage. The company has entered into a power purchase contract with Nebraska-based Tenaska Power Services, which markets natural gas and electric power. “It is our objective to reduce MGM’s environmental impact by decreasing the use of energy and aggressively pursuing renewable energy sources,” MGM Executive Vice President John McManus wrote in a May 19 letter to regulators. Read more here.

As revenue falls with natural gas prices, Tenaska builds renewable energy profile

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

Making money in the energy business isn’t nearly as easy as it was in 2008, when natural gas was fetching more than five times the price it’s bringing today.

But Omaha-based Tenaska didn’t have any investments in wind energy at that time, nor did it have any holdings in solar power, which these days are helping offset margins that have cratered with natural gas prices, the company said.

Continue reading.

Doug Perry, Asset Manager for Tenaska, serves as an advisor to Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors.