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Developer plans 11,000-acre Nebraska wind farm

Lancaster County planner Sara Hartzell said the company has applied for eight special use permits because the parcels of land it plans to lease are not contiguous. Some zoning language also must be changed to accommodate the project. A public hearing before the Planning Commission is set for Oct. 29. 
29 Sep 2014

Broken Bow wind farm contracts with NPPD

NPPD is buying the entire output. It will then turn around and sell 60 percent to the Omaha Public Power District and keep the rest for its customers. The move will bring NPPD to within 23 megawatts of its goal of having 10 percent of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2020.
19 Jan 2014

Wind farm is no-go — at least for now

TradeWind Energy Inc. of Lenexa, Kan., had hoped to begin construction on the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project by the end of the year in order to qualify for federal tax benefits. But the company was unable to secure a commitment from a large power company to buy electricity generated by the project. ...Costanza said the tax credit deadline could be extended by Congress, but he was not optimistic that will happen.
30 Nov 2013

Volkswind project approved in Jefferson County

The proposed 99-megawatt wind farm has not yet found a buyer for its electricity, and no timeline for construction has been announced. Wagner said Volkswind is still deciding between turbine suppliers for the project. The wind farm was originally planned as 43 turbines and seven alternative sites ...but a state law regulating towers near airports helped shape the project into the current 45-tower plans.
21 Nov 2013

NPPD board rejects plan to purchase more wind power

These developers have been flooding NPPD with unsolicited proposals, hoping the state’s largest electric utility would commit to long-term purchase agreements before the federal production tax credit available for the projects expires Dec. 31. Proponents of the wind plan pointed to the income tax credit — $23 per megawatt-hour for developers of large-scale wind farms over the first 10 years of electricity production — as the main driver behind the need for immediate action.
13 Oct 2013

Wind farm targeted by bill still up in air

A new wind energy tax incentive signed into law last week was touted as a way to lure a wind farm worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Nebraska, but that's no sure thing. The sponsors of the wind bill say the incentive has already drawn the interest of wind energy development companies, but there is no guarantee that the $300 million to $400 million wind farm will come here.
10 Jun 2013

Sierra Club, utilities spar over Nebraska wind power

But John Boyd Jr., a New Jersey consultant who helps companies site data centers, told Midwest Energy News the demand for wind power was driven by marketing. He acknowledged he doesn't think wind power is the leading criteria for siting decisions. More important factors, he said, are tax incentives, real estate costs and the price of the electricity.
29 Apr 2013

Nebraska wind farm project awaits power buyers

Nebraska's lack of state tax incentives for wind projects forces project developers to charge more for power, which allows projects in other states to dominate the market for exported power, said David Rich, of Nebraska Public Power District, which has been buying wind energy to meet its goals for providing power from renewable resources.
28 Dec 2012

Katana Summit may close plants

Employees at both manufacturing plants were notified of the decision today, but will continue working until existing contracts are completed. Once those orders are complete, temporary layoffs will begin.
12 Sep 2012

NPPD pressed to expand wind power

A coalition of Nebraska environmental and farm groups called on the state's largest utility to develop more wind power to address future energy needs instead of relying on coal-fired power plants. ...Under state law, Becker said, Nebraska public utilities are required to utilize the "least-cost option" for generating electricity, and that option is coal.
27 Apr 2012

Wind-turbine threat to birds

The advocacy group contends that several species of birds, including golden eagles, whooping cranes and greater sage-grouse, will be endangered by "poorly planned and sited wind projects," according to Kelly Fuller, a conservancy spokeswoman. But Nebraska authorities involved with approving wind farms in the state have shown that they are already fully aware of the potential problem.
5 Jan 2011

Landowners: Education is key to wind power benefits

"Do we want to look at these windmills the rest of our lives and our children's lives?" "That can be seriously tying up your property for a long time," Vavra said. The most important missions are to protect landowners from unscrupulous developers and make sure that everyone understands that wind energy benefits come with issues.
13 Nov 2010

NPPD head: Wind not enough to sustain state’s energy needs

If the Nebraska landscape was covered with wind farms, the energy produced would not sustain the state’s energy needs, according to Ron Asche during a presentation Tuesday ...Asche, NPPD president and CEO, highlighted reasons wind energy may provide supplemental support, but it will never become a primary source for generation.
11 Aug 2010

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