Community divide remains after Reno County denies permit for new wind farm

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June 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM

A wind farm in Ellsworth County. BRIAN GRIMMETT / KMUW

Members of the group Keep Reno Heavenly showed a mix of emotions after the Reno County Commission denied NextEra Energy a permit to build a wind farm in the southeastern part of the county.

On one hand, all of its efforts had paid off. Members of the group had worked for months to organize and participate in public hearings, and they finally got the result they wanted — the proposed 220 megawatt wind farm with more than 80 turbines reaching 500 feet in the air would not be built.

On the other, the fight created a divide in the community.

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