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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.

April 25, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Cherry County Commissioners address tax dollars for wind energy

The Cherry County courtroom was packed as residents learned whether their tax dollars were used as the foundation to build a proposed 30-turbine wind facility in Cherry County. Carolyn Semin of Kilgore spearheaded Tuesday’s Cherry County Board of Commissioners meeting. Semin says she set out to find the answer after questions from landowners about the project went unanswered, including hers. She spent about seven hours doing research of her own and discovered $13,188 was used from the inheritance tax fund . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Western part of Madison County considered for wind energy

MADISON – Once Madison County gets its regulations updated, expect there to be some interest from developers in pursuing wind energy. On Tuesday, the county board met with Ned Porter, a land agent for Invenergy, which has an office in Neligh. Porter said his company built Prairie Breeze I, II and III wind farms, primarily in Antelope and Boone counties. His company also will be constructing the Upstream Wind project north of Neligh, which should be completed and running by the . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Madison County approves moratorium on wind farms

MADISON – Madison County will not consider any wind farm applications – for now. On Tuesday, the Madison County board of commissioners voted to establish a six-month moratorium on accepting wind farm applications to allow time to study existing zoning regulations pertaining to wind energy conversion turbines. Pierce County recently completed a similar study and ended up approving new regulations. The process took about a year to complete, with the new regulations approved last month. Another neighboring county, Stanton County, voted last . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Pierce County commissioners OK wind energy regulations

PIERCE – The Pierce County board of commissioners approved a set of wind energy regulations Monday that could be viewed as a compromise. Overall, the approved regulations are somewhere between the original regulations recommended by the Pierce County Joint Planning Commission and more stringent regulations discussed by the county board. The action seemingly ends months of input, discussions and meetings – or at least until the first conditional-use permit application for a wind farm is put forth. The regulations that were approved . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

State senators advance bill to shield public power cost data from public disclosure

Critics who orchestrated a six-hour filibuster of the measure argued that public disclosure of detailed information is critical to maintaining the accountability of public power suppliers. Nebraska is the only state where all electrical generators are owned by ratepayers. “What’s going to happen when we give them the authority to hide information?” said Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon. He tried unsuccessfully to amend the measure with one of his bills that would allow counties to adopt restrictions related to wind power generators. Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Nebraska wind farm projects cause controversy and heartache

Passions are high and opinions are as strong as the prevailing wind in northwest Nebraska, as some neighbors and family members on both sides of the wind energy issue in and near Cherry County, Neb., are verbally clashing over financial, emotional and health concerns related to current and proposed future wind farms. Recently, Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents legislative district 43, introduced two legislative bills supporting neighbors’ concerns about the proximity of living near a number of . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy damages the Sandhills

Energy conservation and Nebraska Sandhills are very close to my heart. I was born and raised in the Sandhills, having completed high school in Mullen. My grandfather, Theodore Folk, was a sodbuster in the Sandhills. I have been employed by or involved in energy conservation for many years. I helped Boys Town to obtain and implement one of the first wind generators in Omaha. I worked for the state of Nebraska as an energy auditor in the 1970s and ’80s . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Step in it again

There is a concerning and peculiar odor emanating from Lincoln. Sen. Dan Hughes, District 44 Legislator and Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee has frequently shown himself to be a staunch ally of NPPD and big business over and above the citizens of Nebraska as evidenced by his legislative action and/or lack thereof as well as in his monthly columns in the McCook Gazette, his 44th District “hometown” newspaper. After a Feb. 23rd Nebraska Supreme Court decision requiring the Nebraska . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Keep wind generators out of the Sand Hills

As a Sand Hills native, I am strongly opposed to large wind generators in the region. They are an unsustainable, inefficient way to create energy, requiring huge public subsidies and continuous maintenance, and they are noisy when running. Most dearly to my heart, they would result in severe damage to the fragile, pristine heritage of our beautiful Sand Hills. I have been employed by or involved in energy conservation for many years. I helped Boys Town to obtain and implement . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy debate continues in Pierce County

PIERCE, NE – The heated debate over the future of wind developments in Pierce County will continue for at least another month. At its meeting on Monday, the Board of Commissioners chose to table the topic until the March 26th meeting to allow for more time to get the public’s opinion. The commissioners seem focused on the issue of the setback requirement: should wind turbines be at least 2700 feet away from houses like the Planning Commission recommended or 3500 feet . . . Complete story »

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