Date of Award
Master of Arts in Geography (MA-GEOG)
Geography and Geology
Citizens living in the Columbus, Nebraska area once met all of their local electric power needs via the Columbus and Monroe hydropower facilities. Today, this area imports significant quantities of electricity via high voltage power transmission lines, thereby creating dependencies on areas far away. The purpose of this study was to examine the potential for wind power within this area of Nebraska—in order to generate electricity, income, and energy security at a more local level. A thorough analysis of the local wind resource, and its comparison to the local electric power demand, demonstrates the economic feasibility of producing electricity from wind power within this area.
The study region includes the Cornhusker Public Power District and Loup Power District service areas within east-central Nebraska. Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte counties are entirely within these two districts; portions of Greeley, Madison, and Wheeler counties are also served. The varying landscape includes: low-lying creek and river floodplains, high plains, moderately sloping clay hills, and rugged sand hills. The local wind resource is abundant.
Zach, Roy M., "Is it Windy Enough for You? The Potential for Wind Energy to Generate Electricity, Income, and Energy Security in Rural East-Central Nebraska" (2009). Student Work. 14.