Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 | 12:08 p.m.
NV Energy will purchase electricity from a wind farm proposed for eastern Nevada, the company announced today.
The utility has agreed to purchase 150 megawatts of electricity from wind developer Pattern Energy, which has an 8,500-acre wind farm planned for land 30 miles east of Ely.
The project is proposed for Bureau of Land Management land and is in the environmental assessment stage of permitting. The company plans to break ground this fall and deliver electricity by fall 2011.
The power from the wind farm will be used in Northern Nevada until the completion of a planned cross-state transmission line. The NV Energy and LS Power transmission line would connect Ely to North Las Vegas and is expected to be completed around 2012.
The project is expected to employ more than 150 people during construction and 10 people permanently.
The company says it will hire locals wherever possible.