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LES To Purchase Wind Energy From Prairie Breeze II

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.

LES Annouces Plans To Purchase Wind Energy Created By Prairie Breeze II

December 19, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

invenergy-elgin-review-20149050A buyer for wind energy to be produced by Prairie Breeeze II has been found.
Lincoln Electric System 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. These projects will increase the utility’s equivalent renewable generation portfolio to 48 percent of LES’ retail energy.
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.
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, located in northeastern Nebraska, and 100 megawatt Buckeye Wind Energy Center, located in north-central Kansas. In August, LES issued a Request for Proposal for up to 200 megawatts of wind energy. LES received 15 responses encompassing a total of 105 distinct proposals. The selected projects will bring LES’ total wind portfolio to 304 MW.
Earlier this year, 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.
Construction of the wind farm could begin sometime in summer 2015, once an application to construct the wind farm is approved by the Nebraska Power Review Board.
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, told The Elgin Review earlier this year that Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II.
The new wind farm, when constructed, will be 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 Oakdale Township; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
When the application is approved and construction is completed, the wind farm will consist of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 150 jobs created.
Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven new full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building located on the west edge of Elgin.
“This is a very opportune time for LES to invest in more wind energy due to future uncertainties of federal Production Tax Credits for wind developers, potential additional regulations on power plant emissions, and the volatility of fossil fuel prices.” said Wailes.

Wind Farm Construction Targeted For Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With the necessary conditional use permit in hand, Invenergy is optimistic that construction of Prairie Breeze II will begin in less than a year.
With the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approving the permit at their meeting on October 7, the focus will shift to the Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB).
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, said Tuesday morning Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II, a new wind farm consisting of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW.
“They will need to complete the same application process,” Birkett said. That means once the application is filed, the NPRB will print a public notice in area newspapers announcing the time and date for a public hearing on the application to be held in Lincoln.

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

Proceedings — Antelope County Board of Supervisors

October 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Neligh, Nebraska
October 7, 2014
Notice of meeting published as required by statute.
A complete record of these minutes as well as all resolutions and agreements are on file at the County Clerk’s office and are open to the public.
Those responding to roll call: Bolling, Brandt, Kerkman, Baker, Henery and Schwager. Williby appeared later.
Discussion was held regarding Road Number 397 located between Sections 7 and 8, Ord Township and an easement which is on record at the county register of deeds office pertaining to Section 8 of Ord Township; no action taken.
Authorized the chairman to sign the Board of Public Roads Classifications and Standards Certification and Road and Bridge Contracts Report.
Approved the conditional use permit submitted by Invenergy Wind Development, LLC on behalf of Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II, LLC.
Reviewed correspondence.
Reviewed various office reports for August and September.
Heard from Hammer Insurance agent Josh Gray regarding the county insurance.
No action taken on purchasing a pickup for the Brunswick district.
No bids receive for the clerk of the district court office ceiling restoration.
Authorized the chairman to sign Change Order No. 1, Application for Payment No. 1 (Final) and Recommendation of Acceptance for the Tilden Northwest 532 Road Project.
Approved two underground permit applications.
Authorized the chairman to sign the Adoption Agreement for the Flexible Benefits Plan.
No action taken regarding the air conditioner in the communications room.
Authorized the chairman to sign the Electronic Service Agreement, the Interagency Agreement and the Electronic Government Service Level Agreement with Nebraska Interactive, LLC for the County Website Re; Design.
Approved the September 2, 2014 and the September 9, 2014 regular board minutes.
Authorized the chairman to sign the Indirect Rate Sheet and the Cost Plan Certification for reimbursement relating to space provided for the Nebraska Health & Human Services Systems office.
Recessed as a regular board at 11:45 AM to convene as a county board of equalization; reconvened as a regular board at 11:49AM.
Meeting adjourned.
Antelope County Board of Supervisors
JERALD SCHWAGER /s/
Chairman of County Board
Attest: CAROLYN PEDERSEN /s/ Antelope County Clerk
PUBLISH: October 15, 2014
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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

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