Invenergy representative addresses Brown County Commission
Invenergy representative Nat Drucker addressed the Brown County Commissioners and interested citizens at the Monday, Jan. 28, meeting held at the Brown County Courthouse.
At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Keith Olsen informed the crowd that Drucker would not be fielding any questions from the audience. Any questions that citizens had should be written down on paper and turned into the commission, and they will be forwarded to Invenergy representatives. Those questions would not be kept confidential as to where they originated and would be part of public record.
Drucker is the Invenergy representative for the Pony Express Wind Project being developed in northwest Brown County and northeast Nemaha County. He will be involved from the onset of the project to the finished construction of the project. The Pony Express Wind Project will be an 800 megawatt project that will have a development phase of two to five years in duration.
“The primary phase is obviously the land acquisition,” Drucker said. “There are also environmental studies being done at this time.”
Drucker addressed the issue of dirt work being done north of Morrill.
“We are not in the construction phase,” he said. “We dug two holes and poured a thin layer of concrete down and then covered it back up. It is not a foundation. This was done for federal tax dollar incentives.”
Drucker informed the crowd that there is no timeline for the completion of the project, and the first step is to work out agreements with the counties involved. Drucker stated that Invenergy is committed to working toward agreements with the county on issues such as setbacks and tax money distribution. He also assured the crowd that Invenergy will work with the county on a road agreement for maintenance and repairs on county and township roads.
Finally, he stated that there will be discussion on a decommission plan for the turbines once the project is terminated. Invenergy will be setting up an email for the public to correspond with the company as the project gets underway.
Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill inquired as to when negotiations would possibly begin with the county.
“We are thinking that negotiations will begin this summer or fall,” Drucker said. “We will also work with the public and hold a public meeting with the commissioners and interested citizens so questions can be asked.”