Public hearing on wind turbine regulations to be held Thursday

By Scott Koperski, News Editor, Beatrice Daily Sun

Planning and Zoning administrator Lisa Wiegand said Thursday’s meeting will be held at the Hevelone Center at Beatrice High School, with safety measures in place. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and a public hearing on the proposed amendment to change the regulations will begin at 6:30 p.m. While the changes would apply to all future commercial turbines, the push for change has been largely driven by a proposal from NextEra Energy Resources to build a 50-turbine wind farm in northern Gage County, a roughly $225 million investment in the area. Read more here.

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Gage County Board Reappoints County Planning Commission Chairperson, by  Doug Kennedy, News Channel Nebraska

NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE

Tesla Trial Through Tri-State, Midwest Electric Offers Electric Car Experience, The Grant Tribune Sentinel. Tesla has installed charging stations around the country,  in cities and along interstates, for Tesla customers. One such station is located just off the interstate in Ogallala, east of McDonalds. The station has eight charging banks and can recharge the vehicle in 30-40 minutes at a cost of around $7. Other stations in out-state Nebraska include Sidney, Gothenburg and Grand Island, plus Lincoln. Tri-State is in the midst of a major transformation as it moves to more green energy production through solar and wind. Tri-State has relied on coal-fired generation in Colorado and New Mexico. However, both states have passed legislation that bans all coal-related generation by 2030.

Nebraska Tri-State Members

NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

  • Colorado’s Eastern Plains is big-time producer of renewable energy, ripe for even more, report says, The Denver Post. Along with wheat, corn and cattle, Colorado’s Eastern Plains grow another big crop: more than 95% of the state’s renewable energy capacity that produces thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits each year. A report released Tuesday by The Western Way, a conservative organization that promotes environmental stewardship, in partnership with PRO 15 and Action22, policy and economic development organizations, highlights the importance of renewable energy to eastern Colorado.
  • Related: Study finds renewable energy has created 6,300 jobs in rural Colorado, The Gazette
    The renewable energy industry has created 6,334 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern Colorado, according to a study released Tuesday by three Colorado advocacy groups.
  • Southwest Michigan poultry farm completes solar project, by Andy Balaskovitz, MiBiz
    The two-year project was supported by grant funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). USDA officials said the Stutzman project is the first REAP project in Southwest Michigan and is an “excellent model for others looking to switch to solar energy,” said Jason Allen, the USDA’s rural development state director in Michigan.
  • Grant to help farmers harness biomass and manure to fuel farms, National Hog Farmer
    A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State University and Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel. The five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will power the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise as it works to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment.

100% RE VILLAGE

Local Community Becomes 100% Renewably Powered Through New GoMacro(TM) Initiative, GoMacro News Release, Barron News-Shield. GoMacro, known for its organic, plant-based nutrition bars, announced today that all residences, businesses, and schools in Viola, Wisconsin, will be powered by 100% renewable wind energy thanks to a new partnership with the Village. 

NATIONAL NEWS

Boiling Point: How far will utilities go to protect their fossil fuel investments?, by staff writer Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times. I called [Leah] Stokes to ask her about SoCalGas, the alleged corruption in Ohio and the history of utility-industry climate denial. Here are some highlights from our conversation, condensed and edited for clarity. 

Leah Cardamore Stokes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. Her research and writing on climate change and energy policy has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, as well as numerous scholarly journals. – Amazon Author Page

 

Her book,  Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States, was published on April 15, 2020.

 

 

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