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Supervisors Approve Prairie Breeze II Permit

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The meeting room of the Antelope County Board of Supervisors was full of spectators Tuesday morning. The reason was a public hearing on a conditional use permit needed for the construction of Prairie Breeze II, a wind farm to be located east of Elgin. More than 30 persons, counting those who stood in the hallway, attended the hearing.
After the hearing ,which lasted just over an hour, the supervisors present voted unanimously to approve the permit. It’s a major step in the development of the new wind farm which will consist of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW. Each wind tower will be 80 meters high with a rotor diameter of 100 kmeters. The total height will be 130 meters, the same height as the wind towers at Prairie Breeze I.
The permit is for property located in sections 1, 12-13, 24-25, 36 in Logan Township; sections 1-36 in Cedar Township; sections 1-36 in Grant Township; sections 24-25 & 36 in Elgin Township; sections 19-36 in OakdaleTownship; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
As part of the permit, one of the conditions is that any wind turbine that is part of Prairie Breeze II must be setback a minimum of 2,000 feet from a non-participating home/landowner and 1,500 feet from a participating home/landowner unless the owner signs a waiver with Invenergy. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling. Invenergy spokesman James Williams said during the construction phase there will be 150 jobs. When completed, Prairie Breeze II will add seven new full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building located on the edge of Elgin. Currently, there are 14 employees at the building. Last month the Antelope County Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit following a public hearing which extended over two days.
While a number of Antelope County residents spoke up in favor of the wind farm, no one spoke in opposition and only a few raised issues while maintaining a stance of neutrality on the wind farm’s fate.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Notice of Public Hearing — Antelope County Board of Supervisors

September 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND HEARING
ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Antelope County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, October 7 2014 at the Antelope County Courthouse beginning at 9:45 a.m. The public hearing will be held to review a conditional use permit application submitted by Invenergy Wind Development, LLC on behalf of Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II LLC. The property in Antelope County on or within which Applicant seeks authority to construct a Wind Energy Conversion System as defined in Article 15 of the Antelope County Zoning Regulations comprised of wind generation towers and other comparable uses and structures and the adjacent property thereto, are encompassed within:
sections 1, 12-13, 24-25, 36 in Logan Township; sections 1-36 in Cedar Township; sections 1-36 in Grant Township; sections 24-25 & 36 in Elgin Township; sections 19-36 in OakdaleTownship; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
The Application may be examined in the office of the Antelope County Clerk or the Antelope County Zoning Office during normal business hours at any time prior to the public hearing. Any party may offer oral comments at the public hearing in person or through an agent or attorney and /or may file written comments with the Antelope County Board of Supervisors provided such written comments are received by the Supervisors prior to close of business Friday, October 3, 2014. Written comments may be mailed to Antelope County Board of Supervisors, POB 26, Neligh, NE 68756 or delivered to the Clerks Office at 501 M Street, Neligh NE.
An agenda, which is kept continually current, is available at the Antelope County Clerks Office for public inspection.
PUBLISH: September 24, 2014
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Supervisors Schedule Public Hearing on Prairie Breeze II Permit

September 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A decision on a new wind energy farm, more jobs and promised tax revenue for School District #18 and all of Antelope County now rests with the county Supervisors.
The Antelope County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, October 7, at the Antelope County Courthouse beginning at 9:45 a.m. The purpose of the public hearing will be to review a conditional use permit application submitted by Invenergy Wind Development, LLC on behalf of Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II LLC.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Antelope County Planning Commission Recommends Conditional Use Permit For Prairie Breeze II Wind Farm

September 10, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

After hours of discussion which spanned over two meetings, the Antelope County Planning Commission came to a decision regarding a proposed new wind farm.
On a five-to-one vote, the commission recommended to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors that they approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for development of Prairie Breeze II wind farm to be built east of Elgin. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Phyllis Perdew. Voting in support of the recommendation were board members Dan Zwingman, Greg Wortman, Mark Smith, Ronald Rice and Matt Klabenes. Absent from the meeting, held in the basement of the Antelope County Courthouse, were Bob Krutz, Dave Miller and Kurt Rakow.
As part of the recommendation, the commission stipulated any Prairie Breeze II wind turbine must be setback a minimum of 2,000 feet from a non-participating home/landowner and 1,500 feet from a participating home/landowner unless the owner signs a waiver with Invenergy, the owner of the wind farm. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling.
Action by the county supervisors on the CUP could take place in October at one of their two regular meetings.
More on this story in next week’s issue of The Elgin Review.

Commission To Take UP Prairie Breeze II Conditional Use Permit Tuesday

September 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Will the Antelope County Planning Commission make a decision this month on a conditional use permit being sought for a new wind energy farm in Antelope County?
County residents should soon find out.
The planning commission will again address the issue of a conditional use permit for Prairie Breeze II when they meet in open session on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the supervisors’ room at the Antelope County Courthouse. Tuesday night’s meeting is open to the public.
Invenergy, owner of the 118-wind turbine Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm south of Elgin, is seeking to build a second farm consisting of approximately 70 wind turbines on land east of Elgin.
Meeting last month, the planning commission heard more than two hours of public testimony before voting to table the matter.
Commission chairman Mark Smith, at the August meeting, said a decision on the permit may hinge on the setback distance between a wind turbine and a residential home.
He said at the August meeting if the current distance of 1,000 feet cannot be increased, “then it will be very hard for the application to move forward.”

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review.

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