Category: Wind Energy

Nebraska County rejects new wind farm

County Commissioners in Beatrice, Nebraska voted this week to reject a plan for a new wind farm. All five members of the Hamilton County Board voted against approval of a condition-use permit for the project, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The permit was sought by Hamilton County Wind, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of …

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Landowners lose fight against wind transmission line

A Missouri state appeals court has ruled in favor of regulators over rural landowners who were fighting the Grain Belt Express Transmission line to carry wind-powered electricity from Kansas to Illinois. The line runs across northern Missouri and in a ruling on Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District turned aside claims that the …

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Work begins on largest wind farm in New Mexico

  Work was scheduled to begin this week on a $900 million Xcel Energy wind farm that will eventually be the largest to ever be constructed in the state of New Mexico. Located near Portales, the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project is expected to be completed late next year and sprawl across 100,000 acres in the …

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Another wind farm planned in Iowa

Radio Iowa reports a Virginia-based company is announcing plans to build up to 85 wind turbines in central Iowa starting next year. Holly McCoy-Nelson, spokeswoman for Apex Clean Energy, says the development will be called the Great Pathfinder Wind Project. “We are working towards having a buildable project in Boone and Hamilton counties,” McCoy-Nelson says. “They’re …

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Some Nebraskans fight for tighter wind farm restrictions

People who live near some wind turbines in Nebraska want tighter restrictions on further wind farm development. Calling themselves Prairie Wind Watchers, they’re asking Gage County officials to adopt the regulations according to the Beatrice Daily Sun. One of their major concerns is an effort to increase the setback required for wind turbines from homes and …

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Another Iowa county adopts moratorium on wind farms

Another county in Iowa has voted to adopt an indefinite moratorium on new wind farms. It happened this week in Hardin County, a county located in central Iowa where the county seat is Eldora. County supervisors voted 3-0 in support of a resolution placing the moratorium “effective immediately and indefinitely” on wind turbine permits. The …

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PSO seeks approval of $2 billion purchase of 7-county wind operations

A proposed nearly $2 billion acquisition of three wind farm projects was announced Tuesday by Public Service Company of Oklahoma and  its sister company, Southwestern Electric Power Company. The purchase of what is called the North Central Energy Facilities will need approval by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. PSO and Southwestern Electric reached a settlement agreement …

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ALLETTE brings new wind farm online and continues work on new Oklahoma project

  ALLETE Clean Energy, the firm building a new wind farm in southern Oklahoma announced its latest wind farm, the Glen Ullin Energy Center west of Bismarck, North Dakota has gone online. The farm is producing wind power for Xcel Energy customers in the Upper Midwest.   Glen Ullin Energy Center, a 106-megawatt wind facility, …

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Northeast Nebraska to get major new wind farm

Work started last month on a major new wind farm in northeast Nebraska. The contract for the 300 MW Thunderhead wind farm went to Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc., a construction company with specialized energy and civil expertise. Chicago-based Invenergy is developing the Thunderhead Wind Energy Center in Antelope and Wheeler counties. It will have …

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No more wind farms in one Iowa county

Leaders of Adair County in southwest Iowa have voted to put a cap in the number of wind farms. Radio Iowa reports it is Adair County where the Board of Supervisors voted this week in support of an amendment to its Wind Energy Ordinance.   The amendment caps the number of commercial wind turbines or …

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