By Lori Potter, Kearney Hub
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information for this story was gathered during the 2017 Nebraska Water and Natural Resources Tour June 27-29.
NORTH PLATTE — The wind blowing through restored grasslands of the 19,500-acre Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement property in southern Lincoln County might someday generate additional energy for Nebraska and added income. NCORPE officials are accepting proposals through July 14 from third parties interested in leasing land for wind or solar energy projects. Continue reading.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING – NCORPE NEWS RELEASE
The NCORPE board of directors is providing a comment period to receive input from the public and interested stakeholders. Comments can be sent to:
Kyle Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org or NCORPE, C/O Kyle Shepherd, 24871 S. Lone Star Road, North Platte, NE 69101. All comments must be received by July 26, 2017.
Interested parties are invited to a public open house on July 26th at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the project and provide comment. Following the public comment period NCORPE will respond to questions and comments received on the NCORPE wind/solar energy development project page at www.ncorpe.org.
What is NCORPE?
NCORPE, theNebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project, is an interlocal agency that was formed in the fall 2012 by four Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) (Upper Republican NRD, Middle Republican NRD, Lower Republican NRD, Twin Platte NRD) to increase stream flows in the Republican and Platte Rivers.
The agency has purchased irrigated land in Lincoln County, Nebraska and retired it from irrigation so that water can be transported via pipelines and tributaries to the Republican and Platte Rivers. NCORPE guarantees that river flow obligations are met in the Republican and Platte Rivers. Not meeting those obligations, such as the Republican River Compact, would cause severe financial and regulatory penalties along with the permanent shutdown of over 300,000 irrigated acres. In addition to assurances NCORPE provides that interstate and intrastate river flow obligations are met, the project meets these obligations in a way that protects the economy.
Link to the release.