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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 25, 2013 9:28 AM Flag

    Sierra Club, utilities spar over Nebraska wind power

    Facebook plans $300M Iowa data center

    23 hours ago • By RICHARD PIERSOL / Lincoln Journal Star

    The Sierra Club in Nebraska criticized the state's public power utilities for failing to get more wind power online to compete with Iowa, which landed a planned data center for Facebook Inc. in Altoona and increased incentives for Google Inc. that allow it to expand in Council Bluffs.

    Available wind power was reported among the factors that led to Facebook's decision.

    The Iowa Economic Development Authority board also approved $18 million in tax credits for the Facebook project in the Des Moines suburb. It is expected to create 31 permanent jobs and hundreds of temporary construction jobs. Kearney, Neb., had sought the project.

    Facebook hopes to draw 25 percent of data center power from renewable sources by 2015. MidAmerican Energy, which gets a quarter of its energy from wind, will supply power for Facebook and supplies Council Bluffs. MidAmerican is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett's company, based in Omaha.

    "This missed opportunity for economic development in Nebraska should be a wake-up call for our public power districts," Ken Winston of the Sierra Club in Nebraska said in a news release. "Cutting-edge companies like Facebook and Google have made an admirable commitment to choosing data center sites with strong renewable energy options. Nebraska's current energy mix couldn't help these companies reach their renewable goals.

    "Instead, Nebraska's public power districts are clinging to the past, operating old coal-fired power plants across the state rather than making smart investments in our abundant wind resources."

    Nebraska ranks fourth for wind potential in the United States, ahead of Iowa, which ranks seventh.

    Coincidentally, the Nebraska Legislature was debating the creation of state wind-energy tax incentives...


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