Business Reports for Sunday, August 19, The Grand Island Independent
OSCEOLA — Bluestem Energy Solutions has been granted final zoning approval to install a 2.5-megawatt wind turbine one mile southwest of Osceola. Bluestem officials plan for construction to begin in September. Polk County Rural Public Power District, with headquarters in nearby Stromsburg, will purchase 100 percent of the General Electric turbine’s output through a long-term power purchase agreement that includes a guaranteed price for the life of the contract. Boyd Jones Construction of Omaha is engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the project. Read more here.
ALSO HAPPENING IN NEBRASKA
Madison County gets input on wind regulations, by Jerry Guenther, Norfolk Daily News
On Thursday evening, the Madison County Joint Planning Commission continued discussions on the regulations, with hopes of hosting a public hearing on them next month. If there are no major changes based on the input from the hearing, the regulations could be forwarded to the board of commissioners for consideration in October.
Lincoln Journal Star
Construction is underway on a wind turbine in Seward. Bluestem Energy Solutions announced this week that it is constructing a 1.7 megawatt wind turbine on a farm near the city of 7,000 about 20 miles west of Lincoln.
Photo Credit: Beatrice Daily Sun. The energy generated by the Seward wind turbine will be enough to power 600 homes.
According to the 2016 census, Seward’s population is 7,219, and the number of occupied homes is 2,521. The wind turbine will provide about 25% of Seward’s homes with renewable energy.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Turbine is a wind win as it meets all CCC electricity needs, Hastings Tribune
The Columbus Telegram Staff
COLUMBUS — Cornhusker Public Power District is looking into potential renewable energy sources to provide a portion of its electricity. The district’s board of directors recently authorized a study with Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions that will determine the feasibility of both wind and solar projects within Cornhusker’s service area . . . Under its wholesale power agreement with Nebraska Public Power District, Cornhusker could purchase up to 10 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Click to read more.
Telegram file photo: Wind turbines rise from the countryside about 4 miles southwest of Creston, where Creston Ridge Wind Farm was built last year.