Wind Farms Give Economic Boost to Northeast Nebraska

Jan. 17, 2017

NET News profiled wind development near Neligh, Nebraska, and its impact on the local economy. Rural landowners who allow turbines to be built on their property receive millions of dollars from wind project owners. Each project employs hundreds of construction workers who spend money on food and gas in the local area. According to the report, Invenergy's three Prairie Breeze wind farms resulted in 18 permanent jobs in the nearby town of Elgin, with more to come when the new Antelope County wind farm comes online. Rural towns and counties also benefit from millions of dollars in taxes paid by wind energy developers. Tax payments to rural counties are typically used to support projects like improving infrastructure for roads, schools, and fire stations.