Omaha World-Herald Editorial
Sarpy is building a notable reputation for its ability to host these large information-handling facilities. Yahoo, Fidelity, Cabela’s and Travelers all have operations there. The Facebook announcement puts an exclamation point on Sarpy County’s data-center success . . . Tim Burke, OPPD’s chief executive officer, says additional companies have expressed interest in possible expansion projects since the utility adopted a new rate structure in January allowing large electricity users to tap renewables for all of their energy needs. The Facebook project, in other words, points to more possible development to come. Read the entire editorial here.
Photo: Officials from the Papillion area as well as OPPD President Tim Burke, Governor Pete Ricketts and Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure for Facebook, fourth from left, pose for pictures after the ceremony announcing the construction of the Facebook data center in Papillion. Credit: Jake Daniels
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From AWEA’s Updated Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet:
- Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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- Number of wind turbines: 741
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Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association