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2009 Wrap-up

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Jan 07, 2010
Tags: carbon projects, wind energy, landfill gas, farm methane

2009 was a successful year for NativeEnergy carbon offset projects. Thanks to all of you for helping to build these projects, which fight global warming and help support local communities.

Our largest project this year was the Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, Kansas. On May 4, 2007, a massive tornado leveled Greensburg destroying 95% of the homes and leaving a path of devastation 2 miles wide. In the aftermath, the residents committed rebuilding as “the greenest town in America.” In November, two of the wind farm’s charter supporters, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Aveda, as well as our very own Tom Rawls, vice president of sales and marketing, Regina Farrell, marketing director, and Joel Boucher, creative director, traveled out to Greensburg for the groundbreaking ceremony on site. Currently all of the turbines are up and going through testing in preparation for full operations this spring.

NativeEnergy also commissioned independent assessments of the performance of its six Pennsylvania farm methane projects this year (Schrack Family Farm, Dovan Family Farm, Penn England Family Dairy Farm, Hillcrest Saylor Family Dairy Farm, Wanner Family Dairy Farm, Brubaker Family Dairy Farm). The independent assessments of the six projects concluded that the projects are running at or better than expected levels, resulting in greater greenhouse gas reductions that originally projected. Several farms have increased the number of cows as part of the farm’s growth, and the digesters and associated electric generators have been performing well.

Two projects that have also done well this year are the Salish Kootenai Hydro Project, owned and operated by the Confederated Salish and Kottenai Tribes located in Flathead, Montana, and the Kasigluk Alaska Native Village Wind Project located in Kasigluk, Alaska. These projects continue to provide clean, renewable energy to the Salish and Kottenai tribes and the Alaskan Native Peoples. The success of these projects is encouraging, especially as the Kasigluk project is a “first of its kind” project in the region. We think this project will show that wind power is economically sound in Alaskan Native villages and therefore worth duplicating in other Alaskan communities.

The Wray School District Wind Turbine Project has had a few stumbles this year as it required a generator replacement in August and in December had a few other electrical issues. The developers are currently working to get the turbine producing again. The Wray Turbine generates clean, renewable energy displacing electricity from a fossil-fuel intense local grid and produces enough clean energy to power about 270 homes annually. The school district has agreed to extend the term of their deliveries to us (under expected conditions) if the project under-produces during the original term, so we expect to be able to make up for this early down-time.

2010 is shaping up to look like another successful year for the supply origination team, as the initial contracts in 2009 for a landfill to energy project and two farm methane projects have carried over. The future continues to look bright and clean as more and more individuals and communities become aware of their renewable energy resources.

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