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Enel starts operating two new US wind farms in Oklahoma

By Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International

Enel Green Power North America started operations of the Thunder Ranch wind farm, which has a capacity of around 298 MW, and of the Red Dirt wind facility, which has a capacity of around 300 MW, both located in Oklahoma . . . The investment in the construction of Thunder Ranch totaled around $435 million, while the investment in the construction of Red Dirt was about $420 million. Click here to read more.

ENEL’S SPRING PROJECT IN NEBRASKA
Enel plans to start construction of Nebraska’s second-largest wind farm, Rattlesnake Creek, this spring. According to company officials, when completed, the 320-megawatt project “will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence.” Source:  Facebook wind farm to cost $430M, Sioux City Journal

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Missouri  River power generation up in ’17, The Brookings Register
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river, said energy production from the dams in the Dakotas, Montana and Nebraska totaled 9.6 billion kilowatts of electricity last year, up from 7.6 billion kilowatts. A billion kilowatt-hours of power is enough to supply about 86,000 homes for a year, said Mike Swenson, a corps engineer in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Despite pleas to consider the poor, OPPD board OKs revised rate plan

OPPD rate increase

People line up to speak to the OPPD board on Thursday. Dozens complained that a rate restructuring would unfairly hurt poor and low-use customers. Photo by Sarah Hoffman / The World Herald

The fixed service charge for residential customers will start to increase from the current $10.25 a month to $30, or $360 a year, by 2019. The increase for small commercial customers will rise from $13.53 to $33 each month or $396 per year.

By Cody Winchester, World-Herald staff writer

Board members Tom Barrett and Tim Gay voted no. Both said OPPD officials hadn’t provided enough detail on a new bill credit program intended to mitigate the impact of the change to low-income customers. Gay said the changes are too sweeping — why not go a year at a time, he asked fellow board members. “What’s the rush? “We’re making a four-year rate adjustment with one vote,” he said . . . Barrett said he couldn’t support the plan because it reduces the incentive to conserve energy and translates into higher bills for many low-income customers. OPPD has estimated that six in 10 low-income customers would see higher bills under the new rates. “I’m just tired of us living in relative comfort and having a blind eye to people who aren’t as fortunate as we are,” said Barrett, who represents east and north Omaha.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Utility Dive: Nebraska municipal utilities move to increase fixed charges, by Herman K. Trabish

Lincoln Journal Star: LES to follow national trend increasing fixed portion of bills, by Nicholas Bergin. The fixed rate charge for residential customers will increase from $11.15 to $13.40 in 2016.

Columbus Telegram: Loup board members cautiously optimistic about wind energy, by Christina Lieffring

Omaha World-Herald: Report: Coal demand stalls for 1st time since ’90’s, Associated Press