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NextEra, Nebraska farmers aim to build largest solar farm in the Midwest

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

NextEra Energy Resources is seeking an interconnection agreement for a massive solar project in northeastern Nebraska that, if built, would be the largest in the Midwest and among the largest in the country. The 423 megawatt project is in the early stages of development and still hinges on how much it will cost to connect to the regional transmission grid. “We’re in a holding pattern until we get clarification from the Southwest Power Pool,” said Phil Clement, NextEra’s project director in Nebraska. “We need to know if it’s viable.” Sean Gallagher, vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, said the project could be a sign of things to come in the region, which is increasingly attractive for large solar projects.
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Photo by Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

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Invenergy Announces Start of Commercial Operations of Upstream Wind Energy Center

Invenergy News Release

CHICAGO (Jan.17, 2019) – Invenergy, a leading privately-held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, announced the completion of construction and the start of commercial operations of the 200-megawatt Upstream Wind Energy Center in Antelope County,
Nebraska. Located just north of the City of Neligh, Upstream was developed and constructed by Invenergy and will generate enough electricity to power 68,000 American homes. The project supported 275 workers during peak construction and will create 11 permanent full-time operations and maintenance jobs for the long-term operation of the project. Upstream will contribute approximately $2 million annually to the local economy through tax payments, lease payments to participating landowners, and wages and benefits for employees. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Invenergy

Other Invenergy Projects in Operation in Nebraska

  • 35.8 MW Prairie Breeze III Wind Energy Center in Antelope County southeast of Elgin. 20 turbines. Commercial Operation Date: 2015
  • 73.4 MW Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center in northeastern Nebraska in Antelope and Boone Counties. 41 turbines. Commercial Operation Date: 2015
  • 200 MW Prairie Breeze I in Antelope, Boone and Madison Counties. 118 turbines. Commercial Operation Date: 2014
    Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Energy Office

Previously Posted: County gives approval to test towers to collect wind speeds, Norfolk Daily News

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EDF Renewables acquires Nebraska wind energy project, News Release
EDF Renewables North America has closed on a purchase agreement with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC, a partnership comprised of Aksamit Resource Management, LLC and York Capital Management for 100-percent of the interests in the 300-megawatt (MW) Milligan 1 Wind Project located in Nebraska.  The Project is currently in development with anticipated operation to commence in late 2020.

The Project, sited in Saline County in southern Nebraska, will sell its generated energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) into the Southwest Power Pool. Milligan 1 Wind marks the first project for EDF Renewables in Nebraska . . . The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 115,000 average homes.

Hitesman to retire June 3, Hastings Tribune

William “Bill” Hitesman was named president of CCC-Hastings in 2002. He also serves as vice president over the skilled and technical sciences and business and entrepreneurship/incubator divisions. In recent years, he directed the groundbreaking for the Hamilton Building expansion and installation of an on-campus 1.7-megawatt wind turbine. He was also instrumental in helping bring such programs to campus as heavy equipment operator technician, truck driving, diesel technology and the forthcoming wind energy program. 

Public power easily gets public records exception

By Joe Duggan, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers have granted public power districts the ability to keep certain financial and proprietary information out of the hands of business competitors and the public. State senators voted 42-4 Friday to pass a public records exception that electrical utilities say they need to remain competitive in a 14-state regional energy market. Read more here.

Public domain photo of a hybrid renewable energy project.

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Public Domain Photo of a Hybrid Project

Another Renewable Energy Baby Step For BP, Another Deep Dive For Enel

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

At the recent Symposium on Sustainability in Venice, CleanTechnica got a first-hand chance to compare how two energy giants, BP and Enel, are managing the road to decarbonization. Enel reinforced its headlong dive into renewable energy while BP underscored a much more cautious path. That contrast came into full force just this week with new announcements from the two companies. Enel’s big renewable energy news came earlier this week, when the company confirmed that electricity from its new 320 megawatt Rattlesnake Wind Farm in Nebraska would go to two high profile buyers, Facebook and Adobe . . . Meanwhile, baby steps for BP. Read more here.

Enel Press Release: Enel sells energy from new US wind farm to Facebook and Adobe
BP Press Release: BP Ventures to Invest $500,000 in Clean Energy Consortium

Image: Nebraska Rattlesnake Wind Farm rendering

ALSO IN NEBRASKA
Why smart irrigation startups are bubbling up, GreenBiz
“One thing that differentiates WaterBit is its use of solar power, rather than short-lived batteries, to keep gadgets up and running in the field.” Besides WaterBit, the article briefly describes an additional “10 ventures that have captured the attention of the venture capital and incubation community,” including AquaSpy: “This venture, which originally tested its technology in Adelaide, South Australia, is finding a following in Nebraska, where it helps farmers save an average of 2 inches per acre. It is funded with close to $11 million.” To read more about WaterBit and the other 10 startups, click the article title.

To learn more about WaterBit’s use of solar power in irrigation, listen to Episode 117, GreenBiz 350 Podcast starting tomorrow.

SOUTHWEST POWER POOL NEWS
A huge new record in the Southwest Power Pool, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) just set a huge new wind penetration record: on March 16 a little over 60 percent of the system’s electricity came from wind power. That’s a big deal for a system that provides electricity to customers across 14 states.

SPP FAST FACTS
An Overview of the SPP System
SPP has members in 14 states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

  • Service territory: 546,000 square miles (approx.)
  • Substations: 4,835
  • Generation plants: 790
  • Miles of transmission: 65,755
  • Coincident peak load: 50,622 MW (July 21, 2016)
  • Generating capacity: 83,945 MW
  • Energy consumption: 266.4 TWh

Lincoln Journal Star Editorial: Wind energy proves worth in red states

Journal Star Editorial Board

For years, skeptics have scoffed about the future of wind energy, presuming to silence enthusiasts with the line, “Well, what do you do when the wind doesn’t blow?” As it turns out, there is a modern answer for that question. It’s called a power pool. This month, the Southwest Power Pool became the first regional transmission organization in North America to supply more than 50 percent of its demand from wind turbines, hitting 52.1 percent of its load at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 12. Continue reading.

Critics say Kansas bill could undermine wind energy distribution

Critics are concerned that a proposed bill to defund a transmission authority in Kansas is a back-door attempt to block wind distribution. Photo by Michael Kappel

Critics are concerned that a proposed bill to defund a transmission authority in Kansas is a back-door attempt to block wind distribution. Photo by Michael Kappel

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

SB 318, which was introduced at the urging of the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity terminates funding for the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority. The authority was created in 2005 to advocate and plan for the development of more transmission
infrastructure . . . The Kansas Electric Transmission Authority has played a role in the development of two transmission lines that are, or will be, helping to move energy produced at some wind farms in the state. One of the lines runs from Spearville in southwestern Kansas north to Nebraska . . . A second transmission line that KETA helped to facilitate is now under construction in north-central Kansas, and will pass by some wind farms now under development there, [chairman Earnie Lehman] said.

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