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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 13, 2023 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Packed house attends Jefferson County zoning meeting on wind energy regulations

Fairbury – About 130 people attended a Jefferson County Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday night, as officials continue to discuss proposed wind energy regulations. NextEra Energy Resources wants permission to build a second wind farm in the county in the Jansen and Plymouth areas, with up to 90 wind turbines. Currently, Jefferson County has a moratorium on wind permits while regulations are finalized. Local attorney Greg Kratz says the goal is coming up with a set of regulations that are equitable . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Sumner residents request five-mile setbacks for wind turbines

Sumner area residents asked for zoning setbacks of five miles or more in regards to a proposed wind farm during the Dawson County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13. Landowners around the Sumner area have received a wind turbine and easement agreement from NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Florida, regarding a “Canaday Wind Energy Center” that would be located in the county. “We are in the initial stages of assessing whether this community is compatible for a renewable energy . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm in Dawson County, locals opposed

SUMNER – A wind farm project is being proposed in Dawson County by NextEra Energy Resources, a plan which a number of locals are opposed. Landowners around the Sumner area recently received a wind farm and easement agreement from NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla., regarding a “Canaday Wind Energy Center” that would be located in the county. By signing the agreement landowners could grant a lease to NextEra for the wind farm for an initial period of 36 months. . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners address wind farm rumor

Rumors and misinformation continue to plague the ongoing debate over wind farm regulations in Jefferson County. One such rumor was addressed by County Commissioner Gale Pohlmann, who categorically denied any involvement in the closing of his own church for the benefit of a proposed wind farm. Commissioners discussed this latest rumor at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. At that meeting, commissioner Michael Dux said, “I guess I’m disappointed when there’s rumors going out throughout the community about . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning meets to review wind farm regulations

As anticipated, the courtroom of the Jefferson County Courthouse was at capacity the evening of Thursday, August 18, as the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee met to revisit wind turbine regulations. No decisions were made on when or whether the P&Z Committee will recommend the county lift the moratorium on wind turbine development that has been in place since September 15, 2021. The moratorium, which has allowed county officials to review regulations governing wind farms and to gather . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Jansen board chair contradicts village attorney

Kesha Eldridge, Chairperson of the Jansen Village Board, spoke at the recent Planning and Zoning Committee meeting regarding wind turbine regulations in Jefferson County. Her comments contradict a statement made weeks earlier by the village’s attorney, Gregory Kratz. At that meeting on Thursday, August 18, in front of the committee and over 150 members of the public, Chairperson Eldridge claimed that when she presented a letter asking for three-mile setbacks for wind turbines in March of this year to Jefferson . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Large crowd attends meeting on proposed Jefferson County wind farm

FAIRBURY – A Jefferson County Planning and Zoning meeting was held Thursday night at the Jefferson County Courthouse to continue talks of NextEra’s plan to build a second wind farm in Jefferson County. The special use permit is proposing to build up to 90 wind turbines, capable of generating 300 megawatts of energy, in the Jansen and Plymouth areas. The courtroom was packed with over 100 people, debating whether the aesthetic view shed, financial, and environmental risks that come along . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Syracuse council hears from wind turbine committee

SYRACUSE – Wind Turbine Committee member Ann Boellstorff of Douglas attended the city council meeting to speak on awareness of the wind turbines Otoe County. She said the public needs to be aware of what is happening in western Otoe County. The committee had a booth at the Otoe County fair for three days and took a short survey of those that were willing to participate and in the survey of 350 people there was only one person in favor . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm campaign forms in county, little known about the group

There is a new player in the ongoing wind farm saga in Jefferson County.Last year, Jefferson County Commissioners set a moratorium on new wind turbine permits to allow time for an examination and possible rewriting of wind turbine regulations. Since then, there have been ongoing campaigns waged by both supporters and opponents of further wind farm development in the county. During the recent Jefferson County Fair, an organization calling itself REIN (Renewable Energy Information Network) Nebraska paid for a banner . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Gage County extends commercial solar moratorium

BEATRICE – Gage County officials have extended a moratorium on applications for commercial solar wind energy permits indefinitely, as the county’s planning commission works toward finalizing regulations. The action taken by the county board on a 6-1 vote, Wednesday, does not apply to smaller residential solar improvements, under 25 kilowatts. County Zoning Administrator Lisa Wiegand says the commission will be meeting next Tuesday night, with one of the items on the agenda being discussion of commercial solar energy regulations. “Hopefully, . . . Complete story »

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