Work Continues on Burt County Wind Farm Proposal

LINCOLN  (AP) - A grass-roots group in eastern Nebraska's Burt County has been trying to get its wind farm off the ground and into the air, generating electricity. County Wind LLC has been working on the project since 2010 and has raised about $176,000 to hire a developer, an attorney and consultants and erect a tower to monitor wind speeds. The group has been talking with Nebraska Public Power District and the Omaha Public Power District about long-term deals to buy some of the power. Without such arrangements, the project couldn't move ahead. County Wind President Graham Christensen says the $22.5 million project would bring economic development and new revenue to Burt County, provide energy for growth, protect residents from rising energy costs and help local utilities with clean air regulatory issues.