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Grande Praire Wind Farm, O'Neill, NE

The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm (Project) in Holt County, near the city of O'Neill, Nebraska. Grande Prairie Wind, LLC (Grande Prairie), a subsidiary of Midwest Wind Energy Development Group, LLC, has applied to Western to interconnect their proposed Project to Western’s power transmission system. Western is issuing this notice to inform the public and interested parties about Western’s intent to prepare an EIS, conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be addressed in the EIS.

This EIS will address Western’s Federal action of interconnecting the proposed Project to Western’s transmission system and making any necessary modification to Western facilities to accommodate the interconnection. The EIS will also include a review of the potential environmental impacts of Grande Prairie constructing, operating, and maintaining a 400-megawatt (MW) wind power generating facility, consisting of wind turbine generators, access roads, an electrical collection system, a collector substation, permanent meteorological tower(s), a sonic detection and ranging (SODAR) unit, an operations and maintenance building and yard, a transmission line, temporary staging areas, and other ancillary facilities.

DATES: The public scoping period begins with the publication of this notice and closes on May 16, 2012. A public scoping meeting will be held on April 24, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A public scoping meeting will be held at the O'Neill Community Center, 501 South 4th Street, O'Neill, NE 68763. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be addressed to Mr. Matt Marsh, Document Manager, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 35800, 2900 4th Avenue, North, Billings, MT 59107, fax (406) 255-2900 or e-mail at grandeprairie@wapa.gov.

Project documents

- Notice of Intent, Interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, Holt County, NE (202kb pdf)
- Grande Prairie Comment Form (45kb pdf)
- Grande Prairie Handout (767kb pdf)
- Grande Prairie Map Posters (5.71mb pdf)
- Grande Prairie Project Poster (324kb pdf)
- Grande Prairie Turbine Height Comparison Poster (137kb pdf)

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