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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.

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 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 »

February 28, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine rolls off of truck in Elgin

ELGIN – An intersection here was closed to traffic Tuesday after a semi-trailer truck hauling a large piece of a wind turbine had the piece fall off of the trailer. Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said the truck driver was attempting to turn onto Highway 70 west toward the O’Neill area from Highway 14 when the plate that held the turbine in place snapped. No one was injured in the 10 a.m. incident, and the only damages immediately apparent were to . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, sun and pipeline projects all discussed for region

MADISON – Energy systems continue to attract attention in Northeast Nebraska, with wind towers, solar farms and pipelines all proposed or being built. That’s OK with the Madison County board of commissioners, which discussed energy projects during a meeting earlier this week. Commissioners said they are receptive to all types of energy proposals, pointing out that they would weigh the additional economic benefits along with any environmental concerns or others before making a decision on a project. Commissioner Ron Schmidt said . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Water-transfer projects, public hearing bills on power projects priorities for area Senators

Despite the dark fiscal clouds over Lincoln’s State Capitol, west central Nebraska senators hope for progress on other personal or regional causes before going home in April. Their issues include Sandhills residents’ opposition to wind-energy projects, North Platte Sen. Mike Groene’s efforts to restrict tax-increment financing and heartburn over the local impact of public water-transfer projects like NCORPE in Lincoln County. Partial relief in the latter controversy appears to be on its way. LB 758, which would authorize “in-lieu-of-tax” payments . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Allowing private businesses to use eminent domain is immoral

Last week I introduced LB 752 at its hearing. This bill repeals a section of the law I believe is immoral. Nebraska Statute 70-1014.02 (5) says: “Only a consumer-owned electric supplier operating in the State of Nebraska may exercise eminent domain authority to acquire the land rights necessary for the construction of transmission lines and related facilities. The exercise of eminent domain to provide needed transmission lines and related facilities for a privately developed renewable energy generation facility is a . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Pierce County not ready to decide on wind regulations

PIERCE – No action was taken Monday on proposed wind energy regulations by the Pierce County board of commissioners – nor were comments allowed from the public – as the topic continues to be of interest. Commissioners already had taken comments from 22 people at a meeting in November on the proposed wind regulations and then allowed 15 minutes of comments at a January meeting from both opponents and supporters of wind energy. Since then, however, the county board has proposed some more . . . Complete story »

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

Addressing wind energy in Nebraska

This week I introduced my priority bill, LB 1054. It’s a bill that addresses wind energy in Nebraska. It’s been a long, hard road coming to this place. In the past 13 months, since I was sworn-in a Nebraska State Senator, I have been fighting to get a bill passed that addresses this issue. Second only to high property taxes, there is nothing more important to the people of the 43rd Legislative District than wind energy. This story starts two . . . Complete story »

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