Supervisors Approve Conditional Use Permit for Wind Turbines

The development of wind energy in southern Antelope County took another step forward last week as the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit for a Chicago-based company to build wind turbines.

The Prairie Breeze Wind Energy (PBWE) project, being put forth by Invenergy, plans to install more than 50 turbines at locations in southern Antelope County. With each capable of producing as much as 80 megawatts, the wind turbines, if constructed, promise to be an economic boost to the area.

Earlier this year, NPPD received 20 bids which are now under review, for wind energy development in this area, Boone County as well as near Broken Bow. Jacobson said the awarding of bids is likely to take place sometime in the next 3-4 months. He said a good landowner team has been put together as so far they have over 40,000 acres of land signed up in study agreements. The land is located primarily in Antelope County with a lesser amount in Boone and Wheeler Counties. There is a potential, he said, to develop 400 megawatts of wind energy as part of the PBWE project.

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