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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power buys Broken Bow 2 wind project

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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has acquired and will develop the Broken Bow 2 wind project in Nebraska. Once completed, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power will have joint-venture projects totaling more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind generating capacity.

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The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also announced it has executed an agreement to purchase forty-three 1.7-MW General Electric wind turbines to power the 75-MW wind farm. Located in Custer County, Neb., the wind farm will generate enough renewable power for approximately 30,000 Nebraska homes with construction slated to begin in December 2013.

The project is expected to employ about 300 workers during peak construction and to be in commercial operation by late 2014. The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold to the Nebraska Public Power District under a 25-year contract.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Broken Bow 2 wind project and work with the state of Nebraska as it continues to establish itself as a renewable energy leader," said Kevin C. Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

"Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Broken Bow 2 wind project will create hundreds of construction jobs and provide a substantial economic boost to the local economy," said Melissa Garcia, president and CEO of Custer Economic Development Corporation.

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