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Local View: Don’t hamper wind growth

By Gary Thompson, Lincoln Journal Star

Last month, the Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend to the County Board of Supervisors that amendments be made to existing regulations governing development of wind farms in the county.

Among these was the requirement that each turbine be set back at least one mile away from any non-participating residence. If approved, this would be one of the most restrictive regulations in the nation — and its practical effect would be to ban any further development of wind energy within the county borders. Continue reading here.

Gary Thompson has served as an NPPD Board of Directors member for 27 years. He lives in Clatonia.

Also In Nebraska

Renewable Energy Purchase in Grand Island

 By Amanda Kerstetter, NBC Nebraska

Photo: NBC Nebraska

Photo: NBC Nebraska

Excerpt
“We have our primary source right now is coal, we do have some natural gas, this wind energy will obviously be a bigger factor in that portfolio that we have,” said Tim Luchsinger of the Grand Island Utilities Department . . . “Environmentally, it is a clean source, it’s definitely the way of the future and it’s going to be good for Grand Island, it’s going to be good for Nebraska and it’s going to be good for the country,” said Luchsinger.

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SEE ALSO
City of Grand Island announces first renewable energy purchase, signs agreement with Invenergy Nebraska wind power, PRNewswire

Update: Grand Island Announces First Renewable Energy Purchase

By Megan Johnson, Reporter for NTV

Photo: NTV

Photo: NTV

Buying in to wind energy now might not make much difference for Grand Island Utilities customers in the near future, but officials say it could pay off down the road.

Twenty turbines will make up Prairie Breeze Phase III when it’s finished in 2016, turning in the wind and creating power for Grand Island.

“We were asked to participate in a wind energy project up at Elgin, Nebraska; it’s actually the third phase of the project up there,” explains GI Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger.

Continue reading.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Gering to update wind, solar codes: Interest in alternative energy on the rise, KOTA TV