February 19, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Another step forward was taken in regards to the development of a new wind farm in Antelope County.
Meeting last week, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors accepted an agreement with Invenergy, owner of the new wind farm known as Prairie Breeze II, regarding county roads to be used during construction.
Invenergy, which last year completed and put into operation Prairie Breeze I wind energy farm, is expected to begin construction this spring on a wind farm north and east of Elgin which will consist of more than 40 towers.
The energy produced by the new wind farm has been purchased, as part of a 25-year agreement, by Lincoln Electric System.
As part of the agreement, Invenergy will be responsible for upkeep of the county roads and, upon conclusion of the wind farm construction, return the county roads to their existing condition prior to the start of work on the project.
Also, all road material and product brought to and or stored in Antelope County stays in Antelope County.
January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Friday was a good day for wind energy in Nebraska, particularly in Antelope County.
The Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB), after conducting a public hearing, gave preliminary approval for Invenergy to proceed with construction of the county’s second wind farm, Prairie Breeze II.
Timothy Texel, NPRB executive director and general counsel, said following a public hearing held Friday morning, the board approved the application to construct a 73.5 megawatt wind turbine electric generation facility to be located north and east of Elgin.
Texel said by granting preliminary approval, Invenergy can proceed with all necessary steps to move forward with construction of the wind farm. Invenergy officials have said they expect to begin construction of Prairie Breeze II this summer. He said a written order granting final approval will be issued in less than 60 days for the wind farm.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
STATE OF NEBRASKA
NEBRASKA POWER REVIEW BOARD
In the Matter of the Application of Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II, LLC, Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Requesting Authority to Construct
A 73.5 Megawatt Wind Turbine Electric Generation Facility and Related Facilities in Antelope and Boone Counties, Nebraska.
On January 2, 2015, Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II, LLC, filed an application with the Nebraska Power Review Board (the Board) requesting approval to construct a 73.5 megawatt wind turbine electric generation facility and related facilities. The related facilities will include a substation, switchyard, an operation and maintenance facility, an interconnection tie line, and access roads. The proposed location for the facility is generally east of the City of Elgin in Antelope and Boone counties, Nebraska. The facility is expected to consist of approximately 40 wind turbine units. The total estimated cost of the project is $125 million. The applicant estimates construction would begin in May 1, 2015.
Notice is hereby given that the Nebraska Power Review Board will hold a formal evidentiary hearing on January 23, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Liquor Control Commission hearing room, 5th floor, Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska, to consider the above-referenced application. At that time the Power Review Board will receive testimony and other evidence regarding the construction of the proposed project.
Any interested person may attend the hearing. Parties wishing to be heard or to protest said application, or in any way participate in the hearing, must file a written Petition for Intervention with the Power Review Board prior to the close of business on January 22, 2015. Any interested parties granted intervention may appear, file objections, and offer evidence regarding this application.
The Board hereby provides notice, pursuant to the Nebraska Administrative Procedure Act, that in the event of a contested hearing, if any party requests that the Board be bound by the formal rules of ev
January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Having approval for a conditional use permit from Antelope County, and having found a long-term buyer of wind energy to be generated by Prairie Breeze II, the next step in the construction of the new wind farm will take place in a conference room in Lincoln on Friday, January 23.
Earlier this month, Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II, LLC, filed an application with the Nebraska Power Review Board requesting approval to construct a 73.5 megawatt wind turbine electric generation facility, and related facilities.
In this week’s issue of The Elgin Review, a public notice with details regarding the application can be found on Page Five.
The location for the farm is generally east of Elgin in Antelope and Boone counties and is expected to consist of approximately 40 wind turbine units.
The total estimated cost of the project is $125 million. Construction of the wind farm is estimated to begin around May 1.
The power review board will hold a formal evidentiary hearing on Jan. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Liquor Control Commission hearing room, fifth floor, Nebraska State Office Building located at 301 Centennial Mall South in Lincoln.
At that time testimony and other evidence regarding the construction of the wind farm will be accepted.
The power review board is a state agency created in 1963 to regulate Nebraska’s publicly owned electrical utility industry. It consists of five members appointed by the governor.
One of the primary functions of the board is to approve the construction of new electric generation facilities in the state and the construction or acquisition of transmission lines or related facilities carrying more than 700 volts.
Serving on the board are Frank Reida, Dennis Grennan, Stephen Lichter, Chuck Haase and Rick Morehouse.
The hearing is part of the process, the same steps which were followed when Prairie Breeze I wind farm applied for its permit.
During the construction phase, as many as 200 construction jobs and seven permanent jobs will be created with Prairie Breeze II. Once completed, Lincoln Electric System (LES) will purchase power generated from the wind farm as part of a 25-year contract.
Prairie Breeze II will be located on approximately 15,000 acres of land.
December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A buyer for wind energy to be produced by Prairie Breeeze II has been announced.
Lincoln Electric System (LES) announced Friday morning it has finalized power purchase agreements to add 173 megawatts of wind energy and 5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Kevin Wailes, administrator & CEO of Lincoln Electric System, made the announcements. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the projects will also save customers money. “When viewed as a package, our wind and solar contracts are expected to save LES customer-owners approximately $429 million over the next 25 years,” said Wailes.
According to LES, the wind additions are spread across two wind contracts secured with the same developer, Invenergy, and involve the 73 megawatt Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, to be constructed north and east of Elgin later this year, and 100 megawatt Buckeye Wind Energy Center located in north-central Kansas.
“We’ve been working with landowners in the Neligh area since 2010, and have been delighted with their interest in hosting wind turbines,” James Williams, Senior Manager, Business Development, said Monday afternoon. “More recently, we established our Neligh office as part of our area development plans. It provides a central location where Invenergy representatives can meet with folks who currently are project landowners, as well as those interested in participating in the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center or a separate, early-development stage wind project, which would be sited north and east of Neligh.”
The new project is not connected in any way to the LES/Prairie Breeze II agreement.
“We look forward to providing the community with further project updates in the future, and to creating a new source of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska,” he said.
A project schedule for construction of the wind farm has yet to be announced. However, officials with Invenergy have indicated they expect the project to be completed by the end of 2015.
On October 7, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit necessary for the construction of the wind farm to be located east of Elgin.
When completed, PB II will consist of 41 wind turbines which will generate 73 MW. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 90 jobs created.
Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven permanent full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building in Elgin.