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Perkins County Planning and Zoning Commission is looking at wind generation regulations in Perkins County. 

 

By Mary Pierce

The Keith County News

On Aug. 16, with a steady southerly breeze blowing and the view of Ogallala in the distance, Tim Geisert stood in a freshly mowed field with family members, city and county officials, and a representative of a wind energy company that plans to develop a 10-mega-watt wind farm on his family’s land. 

“It’s a pretty exciting day for a lot of reasons,” said Geisert, president of the non-profit Nebraska Energy Export Association and Ogallala native.

In July, Green Oak Renewables, LLC, a Michigan-based wind energy company, announced it was developing a plan to build a 10-megawatt wind farm on property it would lease from the Geisert family.

A string of dignitaries and those involved in the project held a press conference that day and spoke enthusiastically about the proposed wind farm, which will be located on Geisert ground southeast of Ogallala.

Geisert spoke about the evolution of the project and the hardiness of Nebraska people to utilize the available resources. Geisert said, from the plow to the utilization of water from the Ogallala Aquifer, technology was crucial. 

Geisert said when it comes to wind development one must understand it takes a lot of work and a lot of pieces coming together, from the wind and land availability, to technology to politics. 


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