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Supply Production Summary

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on May 27, 2010
Tags: carbon projects

We wanted to give all of our supporters a status update on all of NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ projects. The following performance summary for our wind projects is from the commercial operation date of the project through the end of 2009. Please visit our project page on our website for more information. As you will read, several of the small wind projects our customers have helped build have experienced difficulties. Our partners, the project owners, are taking steps to address operational problems as they arise, and we are able to extend our contracts with the projects to give them a longer time to produce our customers’ offsets.

The great news, though, is that other projects in our Help Build project portfolio are over-performing significantly, so that the overall performance of all of our Help Build projects through 2009 was 106.6% percent of projections. All of the extra CO2 reductions are being retired for our customers.

Alex Little Soldier Wind Turbine
This turbine located in south-central South Dakota began operation in April 2003. The single 750-kilowatt turbine was shut down in the spring of 2009 due to overheating. Repairs have been made and the unit is now back up and running.

Farmer-Owned Distributed Wind
Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation Wind Turbine Project
The farmer-owned turbines help farmers reduce their long-term electricity costs, while helping stabilize the electricity grid with distributed, small scale power generation. NativeEnergy has helped build 25 turbines in Minnesota through 2008. The Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation turbine is located in North Dakota. These refurbished machines have experienced significantly lower-than-expected performance. While we expect some modest performance improvements, these machines will likely continue to underperform and will require an automatic extension on their contracts where permitted. This contract extension will allow us to receive additional carbon reductions, but their overall production is likely to fall short of the amount originally projected.

Toksook Bay Alaska Native Village Wind Turbines
Kasigluk Alaska Native Village Wind Turbines
Both of these projects began operations in July 2006. Owned and operated by the non-profit Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, these turbines continue to operate at a level exceeding forecasted performance.

Wray School District Wind Turbine
In eastern Colorado, in August 2008, the Wray School District Wind Turbine began producing power. The single 900-kilowatt turbine experienced a generator failure in the spring of 2009. The turbine will be outfitted with a new and improved generator and is expected to return to service in 2010. Our contract includes an automatic term extension if it has underperformed during our initial purchase term; as a result we anticipate that the turbine will produce the expected carbon reductions, although it is likely to take slightly longer for those results to be realized.

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