Aggregate Project: Projects that are developed and operated in a coordinated fashion, but which have multiple entities separately owning one or more of the individual wind turbines within the larger project. Associated infrastructure such as power lines and transformers that service the facility may be owned by a separate entity but are also part of the aggregated project.
Clustering: The grouping of wind turbines positioned or occurring closely together around a particular dwelling.
Developer: Any individual, corporation, or other organized entity that is planning, proposing, collecting easements/contracts from property owners, or anything other activity associated with a proposed WECS project, WECS project under construction, or operator of the completed WECS system including individual wind turbines, and/or their successors.
Daytime Hours shall mean a time beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset.
Fall Zone: The area, defined, as the furthest distance from the tower base, in which turbine will collapse in the event of a structural failure. This area is typically less than the total height of the structure.
Feeder Line: Any power line that carries electrical power from one or more wind turbines or individual transformers associated with individual wind turbines to the point of interconnection with the electric power
grid, in the case of interconnection with the high voltage transmission systems the point of interconnection shall be the substation serving the wind energy conversion system.
Hub: The mechanical area sitting atop of a wind turbine structure containing the generation equipment and the point where the blades are connected to the system.
Hub Height: The overall height measured from grade of a wind turbine to the center point of the hub of the turbine.
Ice braking: A means built into individual wind turbines that will shut the turbine down if ice build-up is detected.
Landowner, Non-participating: An individual or group of individuals not involved in the overall project via land leases, contracts, easements and other such means that may or may not be directly impacted by the WECS project.
Landowner, participating: An individual or group of individuals involved, directly or indirectly, in the overall project via land leases/contract and other such means.
Meteorological Tower: For purposes of this regulation, a tower that is erected primarily to measure wind speed and directions plus other data relevant to citing a Wind Energy Conversion System. Meteorological towers do not include towers and equipment used by airports, the Nebraska Department of Roads, or other applications to monitor weather conditions.
Non-participating Landowner Impact Easement: Any easement given by a non-participating Landowner allowing a WECS project to be constructed.
Public Conservation Lands: Land owned in fee title by State or Federal agencies and managed specifically for conservation purposes, including but not limited to State Wildlife Management Areas, State Parks, federal Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas. For purposes of this regulation, public conservation lands will also include lands owned in fee title by non-profit conservation organizations. Public conservation lands will also include private lands upon which conservation easements have been sold to public agencies or non-profit conservation organizations.
Rotor Diameter: The diameter of the circle described by the moving rotor blades shown in Figure 1.
Shadow Flicker: The shadow cast from the rotating blades of a WECS system, which moves, with the blades.
Small Wind Energy System A wind energy conversion system consisting of a wind turbine, a tower, and associated control or conversion electronics, which has a rated capacity of not more than 100 kW and which is intended to primarily reduce on-site consumption of utility power.
Substations Any electrical facility to convert electricity produced by wind turbines to a voltage greater than 35,000 (35 kV) for interconnection with high voltage transmission lines.
Total Height The highest point, above ground level, reached by a rotor tip or any other part of the Wind Energy Conversion System.
Tower: The vertical structures that support the electrical, rotor blades, or meteorological equipment.
Tower Height: The total height of the Wind Energy Conversion System exclusive of the rotor blades.
Transmission Line The electrical power lines that carry voltages of at least 69,000 volts (69 kV) and are primarily used to carry electric energy over medium to long distances rather than directly interconnecting and supplying electric energy to retail customers.
Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS): An electrical generating facility comprised of one or more wind turbines and accessory facilities, including but not limited to: power lines, transformers, substations and meteorological towers that operate by converting the kinetic energy of wind into electrical energy. The energy may be used on-site or distributed into the electrical grid. These may also be referred to in this Section as “system”.
Wind Turbines: Any piece of electrical generating equipment that converts the kinetic energy of blowing wind into electrical energy using airfoils or similar devices to capture the wind.