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Nebraska applies for demo grant

A coalition in Nebraska is applying for a grant from the US Department of Energy for a demonstration wind plant of at least two 150 kW turbines. The coalition includes the utility Nebraska Public Power District and a city with the unlikely name of Wahoo. A $300,000 study, already under way by the Nebraska Wind Energy Site Task Force, is already providing wind data from eight sites in a three and a half year study funded by member utilities of the Nebraska Power Association, which includes the Nebraska Public Power District, the Omaha Public Power District, and the state energy office. So far the results are promising, says David Ried of the task force. Especially promising in resource terms are two sites in the north-central state, Valentine and Springview, he adds. The study ends in December 1998. Wahoo and Winnebago, however, may be more likely sites for projects, he says, because of their proximity to the towns of Omaha and Lincoln.

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