December 22, 2016
Cornhusker Public Power District Renewable Energy Development
Bluestem Energy Solutions, a Nebraska based energy development company is working with Cornhusker Public Power District to assess the feasibility of developing a renewable energy project involving up to three wind turbines. If the project is approved the energy produced would be consumed by Cornhusker Public Power’s customers. Community based projects such as this are now possible based on Cornhusker Public Power Districts new wholesale power contract, which allows Cornhusker PPD, and other public power districts, to generate a portion of their own electricity through local, renewable generation. If approved, the project would be a multimillion dollar investment into the county, create construction opportunities for local companies and increase the economic activity of the area through new tax revenue and landowner payments. If approved, Bluestem would work to obtain all of the required permits and approvals for this development. Before the end of the year, BES will be performing preliminary dirt work at the foundation site. If approved, and once all contracts have been negotiated with Cornhusker Public Power and at such time as all of the necessary permits and approvals are in place, only then would the project move into the final construction phases.
September 29, 2016
Cornhusker Public Power District to consider renewable energy project
Cornhusker Public Power District Board of Directors recently approved District personnel to work with Bluestem Energy Solutions from Omaha, Nebraska to study the feasibility of a renewable energy project within the District’s service territory.
Clay Gibbs, Cornhusker Public Power District CEO/GM said, “We want to inform our customers that we are looking at the possibility of a future renewable energy project.”
Cornhusker Public Power District’s current wholesale power agreement with NPPD allows the District to purchase up to 10% percent of its power requirements from renewable energy sources.
The District is looking into a possible wind or solar energy project because of potential cost savings customers may realize by purchasing renewable energy. Gibbs said, “Nothing will be done unless it saves our customers money.”
Bluestem Energy Solutions would be responsible for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of any project. They are also performing evaluations of potential wind or solar projects at no cost to Cornhusker Public Power District and without any obligations or commitments by Cornhusker Public Power District should a renewable energy project not be approved.