By Andy Raun, Region/Farm News Editor, Hastings Tribune
FAIRMONT — Perennial Public Power District is partnering with an Omaha company to secure its own exclusive supply of renewable wholesale electricity through a small wind farm to be built west of here. Representatives of the Perennial district, which is based in York and serves York and Fillmore counties, joined leaders from Bluestem Energy Solutions Friday morning at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Fillmore County Wind Farm west of Fairmont. The turbines will be built along U.S. Highway 6. In the news release, Perennial and Bluestem say the arrangement is unusual for a rural public power district, which does not generate its own electricity but purchases it wholesale from an agency like the Nebraska Public Power District. Read more here.
“According to the American Wind Energy Association, 1 megawatt of wind power can meet the power needs of about 300 households for a year.” The Fillmore County Wind Farm will generate 6.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 2,000 households for a year, and it is expected to contribute approximately $4 million to the local economy.
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About Perennial Public Power District
Perennial Public Power District is an electric utility centered at the crossroads of the Midwest (the intersection of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 81) in York, Nebraska. Perennial distributes electricity to over 8,000 customers throughout York and Fillmore counties including twelve towns and villages. Perennial is a public corporation and political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, which is governed by a locally elected 6-member Board of Directors.
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