The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), has prepared a draft 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.

This draft EIS addresses 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 also includes 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 comment period closes on August 4, 2014. A public hearing will be held on July 1, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM CDT.

ADDRESSES: A public hearing will be held at the O’Neill Community Center, 501 South 4th Street, O’Neill, NE 68763. Written comments on the draft EIS should be addressed to Matt Marsh, Environmental Protection Specialist, Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, P.O. Box 35800, Billings, MT 59107-5800 or e-mail at


Federal Register Notice

  • Notice of Intent, Interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, Holt County, NE (202kb pdf)

Draft EIS




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