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Wind developer updates progress

Boone County officials received a progress report Monday afternoon on preliminary work for the planned Laredo Ridge Wind Farm northeast of Petersburg from Patrick Dalseth, project coordinator with Midwest Wind Energy.

Negotiation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) have been completed with Nebraska Public Power District, Dalseth said.

Lease agreements with landowners are reaching the final stages, and the final siting of the wind turbines was completed just before Christmas, Dalseth said.

Next step will be a Jan. 7 meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for wildlife habitat mitigation.

Final design work is being done for both the underground power collection system and access roads.

Construction is expected to begin with road work in April, barring any unforeseen delays.

More details in the Jan. 6 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print Editions.