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Wind Power News: Nebraska


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 18, 2017 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Foreign control of land worrisome

According to an article authored by Johnathan Hettinger for Flatland, six foreign-owned wind energy companies have received at least $4.8 billion in federal tax credits between 2000 and 2015. Between 2004 and 2015 U.S. farmland controlled by foreign investors and corporations doubled from 13.7 million to 27.3 million acres, with 4.5 million acres of that due to long-term leases for wind and solar facilities. That acreage is valued at $7.9 billion. Nebraska currently has 113,803 acres of foreign-owned wind facilities; . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Details shared on Sholes wind farm proposal

WAYNE – Wayne County doesn’t have zoning, but self-imposed limits by the company planning to build a wind farm near Sholes will ensure the county maintains its rural integrity. That was the message Wednesday evening from representatives of NextEra Energy during a question-and-answer session at the Wayne Fire Hall to discuss a proposed 160-megawatt wind farm that will provide power to the Omaha Public Power District. A crowd estimated at 150 people filled the Wayne Fire Hall as questions were written . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy gets some ‘blow back’

Supporters of wind energy in Northeast Nebraska might feel like they are going against the wind after action taken Monday in two counties. The Pierce County board of commissioners delayed action on new wind energy regulations. Instead, commissioners extended an existing moratorium on receiving any wind farm applications that was scheduled to expire in December. The moratorium had been put in place in June. In Stanton County, commissioners held a public hearing on the county’s new comprehensive plan that includes . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms will not be making their way to Fulton County anytime soon

New developments in the proposal to bring commercial wind farms to Fulton County. County Commissioner Bryan Lewis says they voted down the proposal Monday night. He says they did what the majority of people in Fulton County appeared to want. The issue now goes back to the County Zoning Board which could amend it and send it back to commissioners. Complete story »

November 21, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Stanton County bars wind development

Wind turbines will not be dotting the Stanton County landscape anytime soon. The Stanton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to approve a land use matrix that did not allow for wind developers to purchase conditional use permits – effectively preventing any wind farms from attempting to build in Stanton County. The Board made the decision at the conclusion of a two-hour public hearing in which about 30 people testified. A vast majority were against any wind development. [See . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulation pendulum swings to a halt

Sound levels and setbacks continued to be problematic for the Antelope County Board of Commissioners when adopting changes to and approving a resolution for zoning regulations at the commissioners board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7. Antelope County Zoning Administrator Liz Doerr said the language needed to be more specific regarding the acoustical analysis of wind turbines to ensure compliance. Doerr said Keith Marvin of Marvin Planning Consultants, who helped develop the proposed regulations, recommended adding required method of study using 10-minute . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind turbines good for Nebraska?

Nebraska ranks as high as third for wind-energy potential, but it lags compared to its surrounding states in wind-energy output. There’s a seemingly increasing divide in the state on the pros and cons of wind energy. Some think adding wind turbines is a clean renewable energy source, while others say it’s an eyesore that is actually bad for the environment. Currently, Nebraska has 744 wind turbines producing electricity but according to the American Wind Energy Association, the state trails neighboring . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Area wind energy hearing draws a large crowd

PIERCE – Outside of a 15-minute presentation at the beginning of a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, Pierce County Commissioners heard virtually no one from the public speak in support of allowing wind turbines in the county or the proposed amendments to Pierce County zoning regulations covering wind energy. More than 100 people filled the Pierce County Courthouse courtroom for the hearing that lasted a little more than 90 minutes. The commissioners had decided in October to move the hearing . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Pierce County takes no action on wind energy regulations

PIERCE – Approval or any other action on proposed wind-farm regulations in Pierce County could come as soon as two weeks. Then again, it could be later. About 10 people attended the Pierce County board of commissioners’ meeting Monday that included discussion of wind farm regulations put forth by the county’s planning commission. The commissioners also discussed a public hearing last week in which 22 people testified on the proposed regulations that would govern such things as setback distances of houses . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

R-Project public comment period ends on Tuesday

Tuesday is the deadline for public comment on the application for an “incidental take permit” by Nebraska Public Power District concerning the controversial R-Project transmission line. The project has come under intense scrutiny because some opponents say it will cause irreversible damage to the ecosystem of the Nebraska Sandhills. The public comment period that ends Tuesday concerns the draft environmental impact statement written by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NPPD’s habitat conservation plan, migratory bird plan and restoration . . . Complete story »

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