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Elkhorn Ridge II Wind Farm, Knox and Cedar Counties, NE, Midwest Wind Energy

STATUS: In progress

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: Landowners (Nebraska Farmers Union)

PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: Midwest Wind Energy hopes to expand their Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm with Phase II, which would result in a 1,200-megawatt project consisting of anywhere from 400 to 800 wind turbines and totaling a capital investment of approximately $1 billion. A project spokesperson says the project will provide “hundreds of construction jobs along with dozens of permanent full-time jobs.”

Landowners are uneasy about the project because it would not qualify as a C-BED project, which allows landowners involved in the project to be investors in it as well. In the case of C-BED projects, after the initial 10-year lease agreement expires the ownership of the wind farm goes to Nebraska investors who, instead of corporate investors, then reap the economic benefits. A member of the Nebraska Farmers Union commented that profits will leave Nebraska: “Corporate America is seeing the opportunity of profit with the development of wind energy, and they don’t share.”

SOURCES: Norfolk Daily News http://www.norfolkdailynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=104&ArticleID=15848;
Coleridge Blade: http://coleridge.us/?p=1680

Last updated November 18, 2010