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      Wind Energy Facility Dedicated in Jefferson, Gage Counties

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      Several area residents and state officials, including Governor Dave Heineman, gathered for the dedication of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center in Jefferson and Gage counties on Thursday.

      “I’m excited that NextEra Energy has built a wind farm in Nebraska,” said Heineman. “Projects such as Steele Flats are helping make America more energy independent and more energy secure by relying on energy grown and produced here at home, rather than overseas. Wind energy helps our local and state economy and is an important step toward our own energy future.”

      All of the power generated by the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is being provided to Nebraska Public Power District under a long-term contract. BD, a medical technology company, is purchasing a portion of the renewable energy credits generated from the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center for the next 20 years. The credits will be used to offset 75 percent of the electricity use at its manufacturing facilities in Columbus and Holdrege.

      The Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is located on approximately 10,500 acres of privately owned agricultural and ranch land. The wind facility is comprised of 44 turbines that each have the capacity to generate 1.7 MW of energy. The facility entered service in November 2013 and will support five full-time jobs.
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