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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.

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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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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

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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