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Utility Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will not add more wind power to its generation mix this year after a proposed resolution to purchase up to 200 additional MW of wind was rejected by its board.

NPPD says it will continue to move forward with its established goal of generating 10% of its resources with new renewable energy, primarily wind, by 2020.

"I do not believe this vote is a referendum on wind. This is an issue of resource planning. This does not mean that NPPD will not seek power from wind farms in the future. We just will not be pursuing additional wind generation by the end of this year," says NPPD CEO and President Pat Pope. "A goal has been established by the board, and we will continue to work towards meeting that goal.

"We have to remember, wind does not always blow in Nebraska, and thus, we need to keep available the generation facilities that can provide electricity when needed," Pope adds. "Until technology provides a means of storing electricity, we cannot rely on wind energy to serve our customers."

At the end of 2014, NPPD notes it will be only 45 MW short of reaching the strategic goal its board established in February 2008.

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