Tag Archives: Midwest renewable energy deployment

South Sioux City enters wind energy agreement

By Ian Richardson, Sioux City Journal

The $130 million 40-turbine project, which is estimated to produce 90 megawatts total, will have the capacity to serve roughly 27,000 households with electricity, according to NextEra spokesman Bryan Garner. Construction began in May and is expected to conclude by year’s end . . . Along with South Sioux City, some beneficiaries of the project include the Northeast Nebraska Public Power District and the cities of Fremont and Wayne.

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Photo credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file: A truck carrying a wind turbine blade crosses the Veterans Memorial Bridge into Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City on August 25, 2015.


New Center for Rural Affairs Report: “Link To Rural Development And A Renewable Future”

Written by Lucas Nelsen, Policy Program Associate, Center for Rural Affairs


The United States continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Much of the new renewable energy generation can be found in lightly populated rural areas. These locations often host significant resources for renewable energy generation and provide ample space for new development, especially from wind energy.

Wind energy contributed a significant portion of new generation completed in 2015, making up 41 percent of a total 14,468 megawatts built last year. Many of these new additions were located in the Midwest and Great Plains, regions of the country that boast some of the richest wind energy resources in the nation. Rural communities in these regions stand to benefit from new renewable development, as projects provide new economic activity and revenue for these areas. Download the full report (PDF).

Image: Wind turbines on a farm between Odell and Diller in southeast Nebraska, part of the Steele Flats wind farm. Credit: James R. Burnett / Omaha World-Herald