2018 In The News

MARYVILLE, Mo. — According to a release issued by the Omaha-based Tenaska company, which is developing the Clear Creek wind farm in northern Nodaway County, wind turbine components will start arriving in the construction area beginning the week of Aug. 5.

According to Tenaska spokesperson Timberly Ross, the transportation effort could “result in minor road closures and traffic delays” as the components are trucked over narrow rural roads.

Ross said components will enter the project area, which stretches from north of Maryville to the Iowa line, from the north to State routes JJ, FF and B and from the south to Route FF and Icon Road.

Crews and pilot cars will be tasked with alerting and guiding motorists, who are urged to exercise caution. Ross said the deliveries will continue for 12 weeks.

“We appreciate the patience of motorists and their attentiveness to safety,” she said. “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

“We are excited about the progress being made at Tenaska Clear Creek. Construction is progressing on schedule. The wind farm is anticipated to be operational later this year.”

When completed, the Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, which will embrace between 100 and 120 turbines, is projected to produce about 240 megawatts of electricity, or approximately enough energy to power about 100,000 single-family residences.

The electricity is to be sold to Springfield-based Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., which will in turn wholesale wind-produced power to six regional co-ops, including United Electric, whose service area includes much of rural Nodaway County.

Construction cost for the new wind farm is estimated at more than $200 million. When completed, Tenaska will pay about $1.2 million a year in property taxes, most of which will be funneled to public school districts, especially North Nodaway R-VI.

Other districts set to benefit from the Clear Creek project include West Nodaway R-I and Maryville R-II.

For every tax dollar paid by Tenaska, 68 cents will go for schools. The rest is earmarked for other governmental entities, including municipalities and rural fire protection districts.

According to Nodaway County Economic Development estimates, between 70 and 80 percent of the new tax revenue will go to rural taxing entities with the remainder owed to Maryville schools and governmental operations.

In addition, Clear Creek is expected to create about 15 permanent jobs with an annual payroll of around $1 million. Construction will create another 200 temporary jobs until the project is complete.

The project’s status as an Enhanced Enterprise Zone-approved development means Tenaska will receive a tax abatement of about 50 percent per turbine, which will have assessed valuations of $5,900 per megawatt. Windmills used for the project are projected to produce between two and three megawatts each.

Nodaway County is currently home to one operating wind farm, which was completed by Wind Capital Group in 2008 near the small communities of Conception, Conception Junction and Clyde.

A third wind installation, Enel Green Power North America’s White Cloud complex, is similar in scope to the Tenaska project and is currently under development in the western portion of the county.

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Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.