Nebraska is in the midst of a wind energy boom–it’s one of seven states on track to double
its installed wind capacity in the coming years. Like many rural communities across the U.S., this has brought wide-ranging benefits to the state.
“Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago,” the Omaha World-Herald reported. “As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland. Read more here.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) / Excerpt: Mortenson Construction, a leading renewable energy contractor, has begun construction on the Grande Prairie Wind Project located in Holt County, Nebraska. Owned by BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the 400-megawatt project will be the largest wind energy project in the state’s history . . . Once the project is completed in December of 2016 it will generate clean renewable energy for the equivalent of approximately 120,000 average Nebraska homes.