Wind farm phrasing causes confusion

Written August 13th, 2015

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A 47-turbine, 81.5 MW wind farm has been a hopeful project for the Verdigre Land and Wind Partners, LLC, who have been working with Windlab Developments USA LTD., towards the goal of developing the aforementioned wind farm 8 miles west of Verdigre.

The Grande Prairie Wind Farm, owned by BHE Renewables (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy) is a 400 MW wind farm project that will involve 173 to 266 wind turbines and roughly 54,250 acres of Holt County townships (Willowdale, Antelope, Grattan, Iowa, Scott and Steel Creek), approximately 12 miles northeast of O’Neill.

The confusing part is that both projects have been referred to as “the wind farm west of Verdigre.” Although they are both wind farm projects, they are very different – not just in size and location, but also situation.

According to Monica Jensen, vice president of development for Windlabs Development USA LTD, the Verdigre Wind Farm “does not have a commercial operations date defined,” and they “do not have a party identified to purchase the power.”

The Grande Prairie Wind Farm, on the other hand, has sold its power to OPPD (Omaha Public Power District) and is currently in the construction phase.

So, for the time being, the only wind farm that is to begin full-stage construction shortly is the Grande Prairie Wind Farm located 12 miles northeast of O’Neill.

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