It was little more than the product of vision, resourcefulness and innovation. It began as an idea — a dream that resided in the minds of a few and eventually evolved into a project of grand proportions.
Its purpose: To bring renewable energy to the Plains and Rocky Mountain regions on a large scale — large, at least, to citizens of the area at that time. The project was to be affordable, yet state of the art. It was to be clean and efficient, yet able to provide needed energy. And, it had to be acceptable to those who operated and lived near it.
The result: The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) Wind Project at Kimball, Neb.
The MEAN Wind Project at Kimball
The Wind Project at Kimball is owned and operated by MEAN, the wholesale electricity supply arm of NMPP Energy, based in Lincoln, Neb. The 10.5-megawatt wind farm consists of seven turbines and is located approximately three miles northwest of Kimball, in western Nebraska.
The project was created to provide reliable, economical, environmentally friendly energy to MEAN's participating utilities and their customers.
"As an organization, we are driven to provide economical energy for our members and to be ever conscious of environmental concerns," said Richard Duxbury, former executive director of NMPP Energy. "This is the basis on which we entered into this project."
The wind farm provides energy to communities in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.
"Providing reliable, economical, environmentally friendly energy to MEAN members and their customers."
This material was prepared with the support of funds provided by the Nebraska Energy Office from the U.S. Department of Energy. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommemdations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Energy or the Nebraska Energy Office.