Wind Power News: Nebraska
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Saline County is the focus of two wind farm projects by Aksamit Resource Management, which are expected to be complete within the next two years. Jason Edwards, vice president of development at ARM, said his company is working on two wind farm projects in western Saline County: Milligan 1 and Milligan 3. Edwards said ARM first took interest in Saline County in 2012 and has spent the five years since then gathering information and preparing for the project. “There are . . .
LINCOLN – Nebraska’s solar energy potential ranks among the top 15 states, but residents who lack a home with a south-facing roof, or those in a homeowners association that prohibits solar panels, have been left in the shade. And despite fervent opposition to wind development in parts of the state like Cherry County in the Sand Hills, some communities and landowners are clamoring for wind turbines, which are a revenue stream during tight times on the farm. A pair of proposals . . .
A bill in the state Legislature would ban development of wind energy generators in the Sandhills for two years, and create a task force to study the ramifications of wind turbines. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer, who represents north central Nebraska’s district 43, which covers most of the Sandhills. Brewer told Nebraska Educational Television that wind development was the second-largest concern of his constituents during his campaign, next to high property taxes. His bill says wind energy . . .
It’s been a long-time issue in Nebraska, whether energy from wind turbines is worth the cost. Senator Tom Brewer, who represents the Sandhills and surrounding counties, is introducing a bill to push back against the industry. He says the issue has torn the area apart. “It’s a kind of homogeneous family,” Brewer said. “Everybody knows everybody; generations have lived and worked together, and the one thing that has ripped the fabric of the Sandhills apart is the issue of wind . . .
The head of the largest state employees’ union says Gov. Ricketts should devote more money to stopping massive turnover instead of pushing for tax cuts. A senator who represents the Sandhills is calling for a moratorium on wind projects there. And guerilla warfare continues on the legislative floor reflecting a power struggle. The attack on Gov. Pete Ricketts’ budget proposals comes from Mike Marvin, executive director of the NAPE/AFSCME state employees union. In a statement addressed to the Appropriations Committee, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .