By Will Vraspir, Hastings Tribune
Employees with NextEra Energy Resources, the Florida-based company that is building and operating the wind farm, gave tours of a few wind turbine sites in various stages of
completion . . . Electricity from the wind farm will be sold to Northeast Nebraska Public Power District and the cities of Beatrice, Fremont, South Sioux City and Wayne.
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Photo: Jeff Damen, senior manager for NextEra Energy Resources, (center) provides a tour to local leaders at the Cottonwood Wind Energy Center near Blue Hill, scheduled for completion in November. Credit: Will Vraspir
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Wind turbines going up in Webster County, by Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune
According to a fact sheet for the project, Cottonwood Wind Energy Center will generate more than 200 construction jobs and six to 10 full-time operation jobs. Regarding income, $9.4 million in property taxes and $30 million in landowner payments are anticipated during the first 30 years of the project. [Project Manager Phil] Clement said the turbines are built for a 35-year life span.