The flat plains of Kansas and Nebraska are known for being windy, and these states are poised to take advantage of this valuable resource and increase their renewable energy generation capacities, much of which will come from wind power, according to a report by Industrial Info Resources. Currently, the two states have a combined renewable generation capacity of 1,445 megawatts (MW): 1,320 MW of wind, 113 MW of hydroelectric, and 12 MW of landfill gas-fired projects.

Meanwhile, Industrial Info says projects under consideration include a 100-MW biomass-fired power plant, a 3-MW hydroelectric plant, and 34 windfarms with a generating capacity of 7,933 MW, resulting in a grand total of 8,036 MW of renewable generation tentatively planned to be added by the end of 2015, if all projects are approved and constructed.

Industrial Info says several large developers are involved with the developments, including:
• Acciona Wind Energy USA (Chicago, Illinois), a subsidiary of Acciona SA (MCE:ANA) (Madrid, Spain)
• CPV Renewable Energy Company (Braintree, Massachusetts), a subsidiary of Competitive Power Ventures Incorporated (Silver Spring, Maryland)
• Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation (Charlotte, North Carolina)
• Edison Mission Group Incorporated, a subsidiary of Edison International (Rosemead, California)
• Iberdrola Renewables Incorporated (Portland, Oregon), a subsidiary of Grupo Iberdrola SA (MCE:IBE) (Bilbao, Spain)
• Invenergy LLC (Chicago, Illinois)
• JW Prairie Windpower LLC (Lawrence, Kansas), a subsidiary of juwi GmbH (Mainz, Germany)
• PowerWorks LLC (Boise, Idaho)
• Renewable Energy Systems Americas Incorporated (Broomfield, Colorado), a subsidiary of Sir Robert McAlpine Limited (Hemel Hempstead, England)
• Third Planet Windpower LLC (San, Ramon, California)
• TradeWind Energy LLC (Lenexa, Kansas)

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