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Wind energy provides a breath of fresh air

The Grand Island Independent, Opinion written by Lu Nelsen,
Policy Associate, Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons

Wind energy projects have proven to be an important economic development tool for counties across rural America. In Nebraska, these projects generated nearly $3 million in tax revenue for local schools — accumulating a total of $3,065,623 in 2017. The contributions were used to fund schools, roads, and other essential services. As rural economies look to diversify their revenue streams without raising taxes, wind energy projects could provide a breath of fresh air.
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Photo Credit: AWEA Public Domain Photos, “Wind Rainbow”

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

The top five wind stories of 2018, Windpower Engineering Development

The low cost and reliability of wind have continued to drive strong
industry growth that is still pushing forward. AWEA predicts that seven states (Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming,
Maryland and Massachusetts) will soon build enough wind turbines to more than double their wind-power capacity. Flickr Image

Enel Green Power brings online 620 MW of new wind capacity in the United States, News Release

Enel, through its US renewable company Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), has started operations of the 320 MW
Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Dixon County, Nebraska.

Wind turbine approved for Polk County

Business Reports for Sunday, August 19, The Grand Island Independent

OSCEOLA — Bluestem Energy Solutions has been granted final zoning approval to install a 2.5-megawatt wind turbine one mile southwest of Osceola. Bluestem officials plan for construction to begin in September. Polk County Rural Public Power District, with headquarters in nearby Stromsburg, will purchase 100 percent of the General Electric turbine’s output through a long-term power purchase agreement that includes a guaranteed price for the life of the contract. Boyd Jones Construction of Omaha is engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the project. Read more here.

ALSO HAPPENING IN NEBRASKA
Madison County gets input on wind regulations, by Jerry Guenther, Norfolk Daily News
On Thursday evening, the Madison County Joint Planning Commission continued discussions on the regulations, with hopes of hosting a public hearing on them next month. If there are no major changes based on the input from the hearing, the regulations could be forwarded to the board of commissioners for consideration in October.

Solar car racers motoring into G.I.

By Julie Blum, Grand Island Independent

Solar cars traveling in a 1,700-mile cross-country trip will be cruising into Grand Island next week. The Stuhr Museum will be the first checkpoint stop for participants after the race gets underway earlier in the day in Omaha on July 14. The 2018 American Solar Challenge has collegiate racers traveling from Nebraska to Oregon in solar-powered vehicles they created. They will spend nine days on the road driving west along U.S. highways, state roads and secondary roads following portions of the Oregon Trail. There are 24 teams that have registered for the race. That number will be whittled down through a qualifying process July 6-12 that includes vehicle inspections and the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The inspections and the track race will be held at Motorsport Park Hastings. Continue here.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

As prices fall, U.S. solar market enjoys record-breaking year

By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent

Recently, the City of Grand Island and its utilities department announced they may begin using solar panels in the near future . . . The announcement by the city comes on the heels of news that the U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more electric generating capacity than any other source of energy for the first time ever. Read more here..

Photo: Central City’s Community Solar Project. Credit: Cliff Mesner

Grand Island hopes to take giant leap in wind energy generation in 2016

By Tracy Overstreet, Grand Island Independent

AP File Photo

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Grand Island’s ownership in wind energy production may grow 20-fold in the coming year — from 2 percent now to nearly 40 percent by the end of 2016. The city is already scheduled to increase its wind energy portfolio from 2 percent to 18 percent of overall energy capacity in spring 2016 when the new Invenergy Prairie Breezes III project near Elgin comes on line. The city finalized that 27-megawatt power agreement last June. Read more.