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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.


January 8, 2017 • Nebraska, Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Thoughts on those wind turbines

Yes, areas known as the “wind belt” in both South Dakota and Nebraska are a tempting target (no pun intended) for turbines promising lucrative pay-offs for landowners (upon whose land the structures would be erected), as well as tax moneys for local communities and counties struggling to finance a laundry list of public services. Consequently, it’s “the goose that laid the golden egg” from a financial standpoint. That helps to explain why, back in 2009, a large number of farmers . . .

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December 28, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Back up location chosen for wind turbine

Bluestem Energy Solutions is preparing a back up location for a wind turbine on the east side of Seward. Matt Robinette of Bluestem gave an update of the wind turbine project during the Seward City Council’s Dec. 20 meeting. He said U.S. Fish and Wildlife has concerns about the wetlands near the current turbine site that’s roughly 4 miles west of Seward and south of Highway 34. While Bluestem is still investigating options for that site, Robinette said it has . . .

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December 20, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Sand Hills wind farm proposal rejected by county board, but developer says idea isn’t dead

LINCOLN – A controversial proposal for a wind farm in Nebraska’s scenic Sand Hills was shot down by the Cherry County Board on Monday. But a developer of the project said there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason” it was rejected, said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem . . .

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December 20, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Cherry County commissioners vote down wind farm

After months of debate over impact on the environment and land, Cherry County commissioners voted down a proposed wind farm Monday. But a developer of the project said that there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason,” said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem Sandhills. With about 80 . . .

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December 19, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal for wind farm in Sand Hills region is whipping up a ruckus

KILGORE, Neb. – Carolyn Semin and her husband, LeRoy, moved out to their patch of the Sand Hills in the 1950s. Other than a random passing vehicle on nearby Highway 20 they have enjoyed an unspoiled view of miles and miles of grass-covered prairie ever since. There are more cows than people in Cherry County, and the closest village, Kilgore, has a population that barely exceeds the capacity of a single school bus. But that sense of isolation was shattered this . . .

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December 9, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

50 speak for, against proposed wind farm

About 100 people attended and 50 people spoke during a four-hour meeting Wednesday night at Valentine High School about a proposed wind farm in Cherry County. The public hearing preceded a county board vote on a conditional use permit, scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Cherry County Courthouse. The wind farm would bring 30 windmills, each 300 feet tall, to thousands of acres in the Sandhills. While Bluestem Sandhills LLC hopes to bring wind energy to the vast . . .

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December 8, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Cherry County landowners and residents voice their opinions on wind turbines at public hearing

VALENTINE, Neb. In the ongoing debate about energy development in the Sandhills, protesters meet with leaders in valentine to discuss the future of the land. Protesters say wind turbines could damage the ecosystem of the Sandhills, while those in favor of the project say it could bring economic development to the area. But Wednesday landowners and community members were able to voice their opinions on installing wind turbines in Cherry County. Earlier this afternoon protestors stood outside of the Valentine . . .

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December 7, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Bluestem withdraws application for wind turbine

Plans to build as many as three wind turbines in Gage County to power the city of Beatrice have ended after the company slated to build and operate them withdrew its application. Beatrice has been working with Bluestem Energy Solutions, the company that would have built and maintained up to three turbines, with discussions that all energy would be purchased by the city. Last Wednesday, the Board of Public Works announced it was no longer intending to move forward with . . .

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December 1, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

BPW scraps wind turbine agreement

Plans to generate wind energy in Gage County to power Beatrice may have hit a snag as the Board of Public Works is recommending the city not move forward with the project. Beatrice has been working with Bluestem Energy Solutions, the company that would build and maintain up to three turbines, with discussions that all energy would be purchased by the city. These discussions, however, were largely based on figures related to the city’s current energy provider, Nebraska Public Power . . .

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November 12, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning addresses turbine controversy

Following concerns from rural residents when workers began digging to potentially build a wind turbine in the area, Gage County Planning and Zoning discussed the issue, and why a building permit hasn’t been applied for. The wind turbine, a project of Bluestem Energy Solutions, would ultimately provide power to the city of Beatrice. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer previously said the project is still in the early stages and has a lot of procedures to go through before it becomes a . . .

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