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NextEra Letter of Intent: Wind turbine operational curtailment during severe weather

Noaa_nws_thumb NextEra's Cottonwood wind project (113.6 MW) proposes to site all of its 52 turbines within 2 to 7 miles of the Blue Hill, Nebraska NEXRAD radar. This will be the closest of any operating turbines in the U.S. to weather stations in Tornado Alley. The National Weather Service meteorologist-in-charge at the Grand Island/Hastings Weather Forecast Office in Hastings, NE, agreed to sign this letter of intent addressing the times when operational curtailment of the turbines would be required in order to evaluate a storm within the range of the radar. The agreement is in effect for five years from the date it was signed (November 24, 2014). The agreement is entirely voluntary and non-binding on any party. It can be terminated at any time upon notice of just one party. The introduction of the agreement is provided below. The full agreement can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
24 Nov 2014

Concerns about turbines

Many states have legislative involvement, i.e., guidelines and regulations, regarding the construction of wind turbines. Questions do need to be asked. There should be just as much discussion on the realities of wind farms, including the "what ifs," as there is and has been of oil pipelines.
27 Oct 2014

Wind farms affecting weather radars

Warning people when dangerous weather strikes is vital to save lives. The National Weather Service responsible for sending out those messages says a proposed wind farm project could cause confusion when reading the weather radar. A wind farm affects a forecast by having radar beams hit the spinning blades, bounce back and make it look like it's raining all the time. 
22 Oct 2014

Wind farm company halts applications in Lancaster, Gage counties

Cindy Chapman, a Hallam area resident and one of the organizers of Stop Hallam Wind, said she's glad to hear the applications have been placed on hold. "It just gives us a little more time to gather the information we need to present to both planning commissions on why these (turbines) are a danger to people's health," she said.
17 Oct 2014

Volkswind USA places project on hold

Hallam residents learned late last week that Volkswind USA put all seven special permit applications filed with the Lancaster County Planning Commission on hold. This action comes amid concerns and opposition from property owners who will be most impacted by the proposed wind turbine project. 
16 Oct 2014

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

$150 million wind farm proposed for Webster County

NextEra Energy Resources says construction of the Cottonwood Wind Project will start as soon as the company signs a long-term power purchase agreement with the Nebraska Public Power District. ...NextEra, headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, would like to begin construction next spring and complete the project by the end of 2015.
15 Sep 2014

Turbines near Broken Bow bring benefits — but not to neighbors dealing with their noise, size, ‘strobe effect’

“No matter which way you look, you see them,” Dave Stunkel said, looking out his window. “And no matter which way the wind blows, I get the noise.”  ... at times, he said, “it’s just unbearable — like three or four jets going over at the same time.” In the winter, they said, the pitch changes, climbs higher; less a whoosh than a whine.
8 Jul 2014

Second wind tower blade suffers 'structural failure’ at Prairie Breeze wind energy farm

Kallhoff said he was out in his yard working when he heard a loud noise come from the south. When he looked up, he saw pieces of a wind turbine blade falling to the ground from a wind tower located just over a mile from his house. It marks the second time in less than two weeks that there has been a structural failure on a wind turbine blade.
5 May 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

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Nebraska&p=7
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