The board of directors of NCORPE will have a closed-door session on Wednesday to consider unspecified contract negotiations. They meet at North Platte Community College.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in Room 202 of the north campus, 1001 Halligan Dr.
Public comments may be made at the beginning of the meeting about items on the agenda, or not.
According to the agenda, the board will hear a financial reports and updates about property management, insurance, grazing, conference attendance and Medicine Creek clearing.
The closed-door executive session will be held at the end of the meeting.
NCORPE, the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project, owns about 17,000 non-irrigated acres in southern Lincoln County.
Water from below NCORPE’s land is pumped into the Republican and Platte rivers.
At the last meeting on Nov. 4, the board agreed to negotiate a lease agreement with a wind and solar energy developer. (A link to the full article is posted below.)
The agenda does not say if that agreement is what the board will discuss in closed session.
Such a project would likely be large-scale.
Jack Colelli, an analyst for the developer, Invenergy, told the NCORPE board of directors on Monday that obtaining leases would be the first step in development, followed by a period of analysis. Colelli said a solar energy farm is a definite possibility, along with wind turbines.
Later in the meeting, NCORPE attorney Don Blankenau said lease negotiations are continuing.
Informational meetings for the public were discussed, but the board agreed to hold off at least until the terms of leases are ready to consider.
Colelli said Invenergy currently has four wind generator projects in northeastern Nebraska. The four Nebraska farms have a total of about 200 wind turbines. Nationwide, the company has 146 wind projects and 1,000 employees.
Critics say such a development would detract from Lincoln County’s use of low-sulfur coal from Wyoming that powers the electrical generating plant near Sutherland, and keeps trains rolling through Bailey Yard.
Critics also say the natural resource districts that comprise NCORPE have no business getting into the development business.
For our report on the Nov. 4 meeting, click HERE.
Official notices of NCORPE’s meetings are only published online at ncorpe.org, and inside four natural resource district offices — the upper, middle and lower regions of the Republican River, and the region of the twin Platte rivers.