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How wind turbines are providing a safety net for rural farmers

Written by Molly Bergen, World Resources Institute
Republished by Red, Green, and Blue

On a farm in O’Neill, Nebraska, Mike Zakrzewski wakes up every morning to tend his cattle and grow corn and soybeans on the farm he’s known since childhood. The youngest of nine children, he began farming  with his dad in 1982, eventually buying the land from his parents and raising two children there with his wife. But due to climate change, this corner of Nebraska is not the same land he farmed with his father almost four decades ago. Continue reading here.

Photo by Mike Zakrzewski: Nebraska’s Grande Prairie Wind Farm

Previously Posted: Nebraska’s wind energy continues to grow, Norfolk Daily News

American Wind Energy Association Resources

National Grid Underscores its Commitment to the Clean Energy Transition with Launch of National Grid Renewables

National Grid Renewables News Release, PR Newswire

National Grid, through its competitive, non-regulated National Grid Ventures unit, today announced the launch of National Grid Renewables, the new brand name for its US renewable energy business which includes solar, onshore wind and battery storage. National Grid Renewables is focused on accelerating the clean energy transition through developing, owning and operating large-scale renewable energy assets across the United States.

This rollout builds on National Grid’s acquisition of Geronimo Energy, a leading wind and solar developer in North America, in July 2019, further underscoring the company’s commitment to decarbonizing the energy system. Since last year’s acquisition, National Grid’s onshore renewables development team (formerly known as Geronimo Energy) has signed over 500 megawatts (MW) of announced contracts with customers and has expanded its robust pipeline of wind, solar and battery storage projects throughout the U.S. As part of today’s launch, Geronimo Energy will transition to the new National Grid Renewables branding. Read more here.

Photo: Grande Prairie Wind Farm. BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy,  purchased the 400-MW Grande Prairie Wind project from Geronimo Energy, the original project builder, in 2015. Omaha Public Power District contracted to purchase the farm’s entire generation capacity.

Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Grand Island deepens stake in alternative energy

Editorial, The Grand Island Independent 

As power generation facilities across the U.S. continue to invest in cleaner fuel sources, gas, solar, hydro, wind and nuclear energy alternatives are rapidly replacing coal as the staple. Grand Islanders have long benefited from comparatively low energy costs due in large part to forward-thinking improvements and continued investment in the city’s power generation facilities and alternative energy sources. Grand Island Utilities Department Director Tim Luchsinger spoke to the Grand Island Rotary Club last week about the city’s long-range plan to diversify its electric energy production. Read more here.

Photo Credit: GenPro Energy Solutions

Previously Posted: Pilot project tests potential of solar energy for Grand Island, Neb., American Public Power Association

Grand Island’s Renewable Energy

MORE LOCAL NEWS & OPINION

  • Interim report for the first half year 2020 – Strong first half, Ørsted News Release, Globe Newswire. We commissioned the 230MW onshore wind farm Plum Creek in Nebraska ahead of schedule and on budget, and we received tax equity funding from our partners.
  • About Plum Creek Wind: The 82–turbine Plum Creek Wind located in Wayne County began commercial operation in 2020. Maximum capacity is 230,000 kilowatts (or 230 megawatts). The facility could produce an amount of energy equivalent to the amount of electricity used by approximately 100,000 Nebraska residences in a year (average annual output). Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy
  • Burt County officials learn about wind energy project as they consider area wind energy guidelines, KTIV
  • Commentary: New farm income — Martin Kleinschmit, owner of MarLin Wind & Solar LLC, Norfolk Daily News. HARTINGTON — Wind power has had a remarkably positive impact on the Nebraska economy. In addition to producing affordable and reliable clean power, wind energy is creating jobs in rural places and contributing significant new tax revenues to local governments and schools. Of all the positive attributes of wind energy, though, one of the most important and understated is the impact it has had on our state’s farmers.
  • First-hand experience to dispel wind energy myths, by Nebraska farmer/rancher Mike Zakrzewski of O’Neill, Nebraska, Blair Enterprise Publishing. For whatever it’s worth, I’m a third-generation farmer/rancher in Holt County, Nebraska. I own and operate the farm I grew up on northeast of O’Neill, in the middle of the Grande Prairie Wind Energy Project. Grande Prairie is a 400-megawatt, 200 turbine project, currently the largest in the state. There are fourteen turbines within one mile of my front door; some are on my land, many more are on my neighbors’ properties. This November will mark four years of operation for the project, so I may have some useful insight regarding living with wind turbines.

RESOURCES FOR NEW FARMERS & RANCHERS

Nebraska partners to provide energy answers for new farmers, ranchers, Hamburg Reporter. These videos are posted on the project team’s YouTube channel, Energy Answers for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher. Additional resources can be found online here. Contributing extension programs include Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.

AMERICAN WIND WEEK – INTO THE WIND POSTS

New Facebook wind farm to cost $430M

 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.

Read more here. 

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.

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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.

As Fort Calhoun nuclear plant closes, OPPD weighs its future in renewable energy

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

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The winds of change are howling in the Nebraska energy industry. The Omaha Public Power District’s closure of its Fort Calhoun nuclear plant today clears the way for new renewable generation to fill the void left by the 478-megawatt plant, even though the utility plans to replace just a portion of its output. OPPD will have virtually doubled the portion of energy it receives from renewable sources by the time the new year rolls around. Renewables refers to sources of energy that aren’t depleted when they’re used — wind, sun and water, for instance. Continue reading.

Photo: The Grande Prairie wind farm, the largest wind project in Nebraska history, will eventually generate more than 818 meagawatts, almost twice the output of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, which closes today. OPPD most likely will begin taking energy from Grande Prairie by the start of next year. Credit: Megan Farmer / Omaha World-Herald

OPPD approves plan to more than double renewable energy sources

By Cody Winchester, Omaha World Herald

The Omaha Public Power District has approved a plan to buy 400 megawatts of wind power from a proposed wind farm near O’Neill, Neb.

If all works out, the project would more than double OPPD’s portfolio of renewable energy sources.

The OPPD board on Thursday approved a 20-year power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minn., to buy the power from the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, scheduled to come online in 2015. To continue reading, click here: www.omaha.com/article/20131017/NEWS/131018808

See also:

Wind energy gains ground with OPPD purchase, by Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
http://journalstar.com/news/local/wind-energy-gains-ground-with-oppd-purchase/article_66f3d809-e67a-5ca0-8ddc-7474c84aa33e.html

Newest Wind Power Purchase To Be OPPD’s Largest To Date, WOWT News, Omaha, Nebraska
http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Newest-Wind-Power-Purchase-to-be-OPPDs-Largest-to-Date-228276261.html

OPPD Announces Wind Energy Purchase, KOLN-TV 1011, Lincoln, Nebraska
http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/OPPD-Announced-Wind-Energy-Purchase-228235141.html