By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal
WAKEFIELD, Neb. — A new Facebook supported wind farm being built in Dixon County should give local residents a few million reasons to like it. The upcoming Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence, according to officials at Enel Green Power North America Inc.
Image: A rending of the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The $430 million wind farm is being built in rural Dixon County, Nebraska. Upon completion, it will be the second largest wind farm in Nebraska. The 400MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm near O’Neill in Holt County is currently the largest wind energy development in the state.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference reports another successful year, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
- Amid talk of solar boom in Illinois, geothermal looks for its place in the sun, Midwest Energy News
- Now online: Giant Missouri wind farm that can power 100,000 homes, supplies KC, Kansas City Business Journal
- ND regulators advance wind projects, Bismarck Tribune
- Facebook Triples Planned New Mexico Data Center Size, Energy Manager Today
- That’s SMART: Massachusetts solicits 100 MW of solar under new program, Pv Magazine
After more than a year of negotiations, input and intense lobbying from solar advocates, the Bay State is requesting bids to build the first 100 MW of new solar projects under the state’s new SMART program.
- Solar remains largely unscathed as House tax bill passes, PV Magazine. Though there are modifications to the hard-won investment tax credit step-down provisions, it appears the bill leaves the solar industry largely alone.
- 200+ wind businesses to Congress: U.S. Senate protects jobs during tax reform, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
Read the full letter here.
- University of Wisconsin study finds carbon emissions increase when land is converted into crops for ethanol, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Renovate America launches online solar, home improvement marketplace, PV Magazine
The financing provider is joining at least two other online solar marketplaces, in a new way to sell residential solar.
- Cop 23: three ways cities are leading the fight against climate change, The Conversation
- 10 Cities Committed to 100 Percent Renewable Energy, U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 50 U.S. cities have pledged to go 100 percent renewable. These are 10 of the most recent.
- 74% Think Shifting to Clean Energy Will Boost Economy, Sustainable Brands
- “Self-Forming” Renewable Energy Microgrids For U.S. Army — Puerto Rico Next?
UTILITY DIVE FEATURE
Does Customer Choice Aggregation spell the end of the regulated electric utility in California?
One of the biggest ideas challenging today’s utility business model is the customer choice aggregation (CCA) movement in California. By the end of 2017, a third or more of California’s investor-owned utility (IOU) customers will get electricity from alternative sources and/or providers and there will be 915,000 CCA customers. But that is just the beginning, according to a recent white paper from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The counties of San Diego (3.3 million) and Los Angles (10.2 million) are about to launch CCAs.