Transmission Boosts Nebraskan Wind

Wind development in Nebraska is on the upswing. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has begun planning the 345,000 Volt Nebraska R line.
Named after its curvy-shape, the R-line will stretch 260 miles across the state. It will run from the Gerald Gentleman power station into Cherry County before heading east across northern Nebraska.

The $380 million transmission project will improve system reliability and limit congestion throughout the SPP’s nine-state region.Upgraded electric-infrastructure is essential for rural wind-development. The new line will create opportunities for economic development in rural areas, such as Cherry County.

Recognizing the value of wind energy, residents formed the Cherry County Wind Association. According to their president, George Johnson, Cherry County has long been recognized for energy development potential. The challenge has been finding a way to ship the energy out. Cherry County understands that the R-Plan offers tremendous opportunity for economic development.

The project is only in the beginning stages, and is expected to be complete within five years. During this planning phase, developers are interacting with stakeholders to produce the most-effective line with minimal impact to landowners.

Some stakeholders appreciate the far-reaching benefits of this project. According to Jerry Adamson, a third-generation rancher in Cody, NE, this project could possibly have the biggest positive impact on Cherry County as anything we’ve seen since the railroad system was built.

A new railroad for the new century’s new economy – all aboard!

You can follow the R-line and other clean transmission projects at http://www.cfra.org/clean-energy-transmission-map.

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