230 MW

The 230 megawatt (MW) Plum Creek Wind project is located in Wayne County, Nebraska, and is expected to come online in 2020. It is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power up to 100,000 U.S. homes each year.

Once operational, the Plum Creek Wind project will create high-paying local jobs and will result in over $3 million in local community benefits annually in the Wayne County area. This includes much needed property tax revenues, with some of the largest beneficiaries being the Norfolk and Windside school districts.

Construction work alone is expected to create approximately 250 temporary jobs and 7-10 high-paying permanent jobs overseeing operations and maintenance.

The J.M. Smucker Company is the first to sign a long-term power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy for 60 MW of the 230 MW project.


Recent survey results from Northeast Nebraska residents show:

  • Over 71% of residents support wind development that creates permanent jobs.
  • Over 76% of residents support wind development that can lead to property tax relief.
  • Approximately 75% of residents think it is important to source electrical power from renewables.
  • More than 75% of residents are likely to support wind if it increases local economic development and provides significant tax revenue.


Wind is Good for the Community

Wind power is a clean, renewable resource and is one of the fastest-growing resources of electricity production in the world. Wind turbines can be built on existing farms or ranches to benefit the economies of rural areas, where many of the best wind production sites are found. Farmers and ranchers can keep working their land around wind turbines because they only use a fraction of the total land area. In exchange for playing host, these farmers and ranchers collect rental payments from wind power plant owners that provide them with additional income and cushion them from volatile commodity prices. Wind also creates lots of jobs. The U.S. wind sector employed more than 100,000 workers in 2016 and generated an annual economic impact of about $20 billion on the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Over the past 10 years, cumulative wind power capacity in the U.S. increased by an average of 30 percent per year and wind now has the largest renewable generation capacity of all renewables in the U.S.


Myth: Wind turbines cause a loss in property value.
Fact: Studies have looked at tens of thousands of property sales and the end have determined wind turbines don’t have a significant impact on property values one way or the other. In fact, the second of two major studies conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study found no statistical evidence that operating wind farms have had any measurable impact on home sale prices.
Myth: Wind farms are noisy
Fact: Wind turbines are quiet. An operating modern wind farm operates at 45-50 decibels, which is the equivalent of a room conversation. The sound turbines produce is similar to a light whooshing or swishing sound.
Myth: Construction of wind turbines create long lasting road damage
Fact: To address potential road damage, Lincoln Clean Energy enters into an agreement with the County to maintain the roads and usually does a lot of county road upgrades during construction, so roads end up at least as good as they were before construction.
Myth: Wind turbine red lights are a distraction
Fact: The blinking red lights on wind turbines are required to be on at night for air traffic safety by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Plum Creek Wind will work with the FAA to install a radar-activated lighting plan, so the lights on the turbines only turn on when low-flying aircraft are in near proximity.
Myth: Health issues such as sleep disturbance and ringing in the ears from the noise
Fact: A report prepared by an independent panel of experts for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection concluded that there is "no evidence" for health-related issues from exposure to wind turbines


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Lincoln Clean Energy is a developer, owner, and operator of clean power projects with a particular focus on wind and solar power in the United States. The company has successfully developed projects involving over $2 billion in capital investment in some of the largest electricity markets in the United States (including Texas, California and New Jersey). The Lincoln Clean Energy management team has a proven track record in power project development both at the company and at prior firms. With over 150 years of combined experience, the management team’s efforts have led to the construction of over 4,500 megawatts of clean energy in North America and Europe over the past 10 years. Lincoln Clean Energy is a subsidiary of Orsted.