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TVA gets kudos for using more wind power

Carno Wind Farm above Trannon Farm - geograph....

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TVA has been recognized for adding significant amounts of wind power to its power generating portfolio this year.

TVA added 1,100 megawatts of wind energy capacity from seven sites in 2012, according to a press release.

The utility was named "Utility of the Year" by the American Wind Energy Association. and one of the "Most Innovative Utilitie in Renewable Integration" by Fierce Energy.

In January, TVA activated 535 megawatts of wind power from four wind farms in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.  In June another 200 megawatts came from a second Illinois facility.  During November and December an additional 165 megawatts came from cansas and 200 from Illinois.

TVA now has 10 contracts with nine wind farms for more than 1,500 megawatts of energy.

The Buffalo Mountain site near Knoxville became the first commercial wind farm in the Southeast in 2000 and provides 27 megawatts of capacity.

TVA's renewable energy portfolio includes more than 6,300 megawatts of  energy capacity from hydro, wind, solar, and biomass. 

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