Wind Power News: Nebraska
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PIERCE – Landowners in Pierce and Wayne counties are being asked to sign lease contracts with wind energy companies – just like what is taking place in many other areas of Nebraska. The possibility of utility-scale wind turbines being eventually located in the two counties has caused concerns among some residents, which is what prompted an informational meeting to be scheduled Tuesday evening at the Lied Pierce Public Library. The meeting room was filled to capacity, with all 50 chairs at the . . .
During one of those committee meetings Tuesday, there was a move to kill Sen. Tom Brewer’s proposed two-year moratorium on development of wind farms in the Sandhills. Wind power proposals there have been controversial, with supporters saying they represent clean power and economic development, while opponents say they threaten the fragile ecosystem and unspoiled views. In the Natural Resources Committee, senators voted 5-3 against killing the bill. Sens. Rick Kolowski, John McCollister and Dan Quick voted to kill the bill, while Sens. Joni Albrecht, Bruce Bostelman, Suzanne Geist, Lynne Walz and Committee Chairman Dan Hughes were opposed. So the bill remains alive, but stuck in committee.
Aksamit Energy Development announced March 6 it has cleared two important steps in the construction of its Milligan 1 and Milligan 3 projects. It received approval for the Milligan 3 project by both the Nebraska Game and Parks Department and the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) for the Milligan 3 project, and Nebraska Game and Parks Department approval for the Milligan 1 project. Milligan 1 is located from 800 to 854 County Road P, which is eight and a half miles . . .
Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon told a legislative committee on Wednesday that disputes about wind energy development in the Sandhills are “tearing communities apart,” dividing neighbors and families and even spawning death threats. Brewer is proposing a two-year halt to commercial wind energy development in the seven Sandhills legislative districts pending a study of the issue. “Hit the pause button,” Brewer urged the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee in presenting a bill (LB504) to impose what he described as “a temporary . . .
Nebraska lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday for and against a proposed two-year moratorium on wind farms in the Sandhills. And the 150th anniversary of statehood was celebrated in the Capitol. Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon introduced the proposed moratorium on wind power development in the Sandhills. During the pause, a task force would study and make recommendations about the future siting of wind projects in the nearly 20,000 square mile area in central and western Nebraska. Brewer said his goal is . . .
Apex Clean Energy out of Virginia is working on a wind farm split between Saline and Fillmore counties with an expected completion date in early 2019. Dylan Ikkala, the project developer, said the Conhusker Harvest Wind project is still in the early stages of development. “We are actively leasing land within the project boundary,” he said in an email, “and are beginning to coordinate the necessary studies and permitting that will be needed before the project can be constructed.” So . . .
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 . . .