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Turning of the turbines in Webster County

By John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune

The economic impact the Webster County wind farm has made so far has been a breath of fresh air for area businesses.

From the 100,000 cubic yards of yellow stone gravel collected from the laydown yard utilized and repurposed on nine road projects to the $100,000 to $300,000 per year in revenue generated by electricity produced by the 40 turbine, 89-megawatt wind farm annually, the project has so far lived up to expectations of Webster County board members, who continue to monitor its impact on the county and surrounding communities as a whole. Click here to read more.

Photo: Some of the Cottonwood Wind Energy Center’s 40 wind turbines that dot the landscape in Webster County are photographed southeast of Blue Hill. Credit: Laura Beahm

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Webster County leaders get up-close look at wind farm, by Will Vraspir, Hastings Tribune

Additional NextEra Projects in Nebraska

  • Omaha utility approves wind farm in Wayne County
    By Kent Warneke, Norfolk Daily News
    OPPD has contracted with NextEra Energy Resources to build a 160-megawatt wind farm, called the Sholes Wind Energy Center, in northern Wayne County near the village of Sholes, which is south of Randolph. The project  is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and to become operational by December. OPPD will purchase all the wind farm’s electricity over a 20-year contract, its first with NextEra.
  • The 75-megawatt Steele Flats Wind Energy Center near the Kansas border in Jefferson and Gage Counties was NextEra’s first Nebraska project. NPPD entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra in early 2013, and the facility began commercial operation on November 1, 2013. Source: Nebraska Public Power District

Webster County leaders get up-close look at wind farm

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

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.