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Bluestem Energy Solutions conducting renewable-energy study for Edgerton, Wisconsin

By Ashley McCallum, Gazette Xtra

A Nebraska energy company is conducting a feasibility study to find opportunities for renewable energy in Edgerton. The study will analyze energy consumption data provided by the city and determine whether city facilities qualify for renewable-energy development, said City Administrator Ramona Flanigan . . . Flanigan said she hopes the city’s investment will encourage other individuals and businesses to look into renewable-energy sources. Edgerton’s city hall has been powered by solar energy since it was built in 2010. Read more here.

Bluestem Energy Solutions partners with Boyd Jones, a construction company founded in 1924, to engineer and develop renewable energy systems to provide clean energy to their clients.

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Nebraska renewable energy company looks to expand to Aledo, Illinois

By Katrina Lamansky, WQAD

ALEDO, Illinois — A Nebraska company is looking to expand its renewable energy capabilities into the Quad Cities area. The company, Bluestem Energy Solutions reached out to city leaders in Aledo, Illinois to explore the possibility of installing a wind or solar farm in the area. According to Chicago Tribune, new state requirements and incentives have peaked the interest in renewable energy developers. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Bluestem Energy Solutions

The Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, now in effect, is an outstanding, innovative clean energy initiative that will likely attract the attention of more and more renewable energy developers in the months and years ahead. 

The Act Will:

  • Substantially expand energy efficiency programs to drive customer savings and also expand options for commercial, industrial, and low-income customers.
  • Commit up to $750 million for low-income communities to save money and help them benefit from clean energy.
  • Protect 4,200 jobs and preserve $1.2 billion in economic activity annually.
  • Strengthen and expand the Renewable Portfolio Standard to ensure stable, predictable funding for renewable development, providing $180M per year – growing to $220M per
    year – in funding for renewable resources
    , including new wind power, large-scale solar power, and rooftop and community solar.
  • Position Illinois as a leader in zero-carbon electricity.
  • Provide job training and create thousands of clean energy jobs in energy efficiency, energy innovation, and renewable power industries.
  • Protect consumers through a 25-cent monthly cost impact cap for residential customers through 2030 and a 1.3% cap for business customers.

To learn more, visit: FutureEnergyJobsAct.com

Fairmont wind farm to supply Perennial Public Power District

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.

Photo Credit: Beatrice Daily Sun

About Bluestem Energy Solutions
The Bluestem business model is focused around value-based solutions and helping to improve the long-term economics of our customers’ electrical distribution services. The electric utility industry is changing rapidly with new opportunities, customer preferences, and technology options. Our model is based on customizing a solution, specific for the unique situation of each one of our customers.

Bluestem Energy Solutions currently has three employment positions open:
Project Manager, Development Associate, and Research Intern
. Click here for additional details and contact information.

Two More Bluestem Energy Solutions Projects in Nebraska

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.

ADDITIONAL NEBRASKA WIND ENERGY RESOURCES

CCC wind turbine source of energy, education

By Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

“As far as the facility itself, at its peak it will generate enough energy to run the campus,” Campus President Bill Hitesman said. “Everything we get back from Hastings Utilities will be clean energy.” Construction started on the project in October and finished a couple weeks ago. The turbine was online as of Dec. 23 and is now sending power to the Hastings Utilities grid. Hitesman said CCC is in process of putting together a wind energy curriculum. Read more.

Photo: A wind turbine built south of the Central Community College (CCC) campus in partnership with Bluestem Energy Solutions, Hastings Utilities and CCC. Credit: Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune via Associated Press

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Nebraska’s Central Community College recognized for going green, Columbus Telegram

APEX plans include 300-megawatt wind facility in Saline and Fillmore Counties

Seward County Independent / The Sentinel  Yes! Magazine

The Saline County Wind Association (SCWA) Inc. has voted to enter into negotiations on a wind lease agreement with APEX Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia. APEX has indicated it plans to build a 300 megawatt wind energy facility in the following townships of Saline and Fillmore counties: Atlanta, Olive, Turkey Creek, Belle Prairie, Chelsea, Franklin and Glengary. APEX has renewable energy projects in 25 states, most of those projects being wind energy facilities. This will be their first project in Nebraska. Click to continue reading.

Fillmore County is about 120 miles from Omaha, with a population of approximately 5600 according to the latest census. Geneva is the county seat.

Photo Credit: Yes! Magazine

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Beatrice Renewable Energy Projects Soon to be Reviewed, News Channel Nebraska

Wind turbine proposal awaits zoning regulations

Written by Becca Mann, The Grand Island Independent

Wind Turbines in Steele CityAURORA — If it passes regulations, a commercial wind turbine project proposed by Bluestem Energy Solutions and Southern Power District will be the first of its kind in the Aurora area. The installation of four 270-foot turbines near Aurora is pending regulations to be set by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.

The Hamilton County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Bremer Community Center to develop possible regulations for the proposed and future projects . . . According to the Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraska has 539 operational wind turbines at 18 sites across the state. Read more here.

Photo: Wind turbines dot the landscape near Steele City, Nebraska. Credit: Associated Press / Nati Harnik

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy, Associated Press. Posted by The Grand Island Independent. [The] U.S. leads the world in wind energy with about 48,800 utility-scale turbines operating across the country, generating enough electricity to power about 20 million homes. By 2030, the Energy Department estimates wind will provide a fifth of the nation’s electricity. “Wind energy is very low-cost and not subject to the fuel price risk that both natural gas and coal face,” said Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group. “Adding wind is cheaper than new gas or new coal. It is by far the lowest-cost resource.”