Study: Nebraska has capacity to export more wind energy

by Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star 

Nebraska has the capacity to build and export more renewable energy generated by wind farms than it does now, according to a study that will be released by the Nebraska Power Review Board Monday.

The Nebraska Renewable Energy Export Study, mandated by the passage of LB1115 this past legislative session, said there is significant growth potential for renewable electricity generation in the state, both short- and long-term.

The Legislature appropriated $200,000 to the board for the study, which found that Nebraska’s existing transmission infrastructure could integrate at least 2,000 megawatts of additional wind energy capacity. Doing so would create jobs, spur economic growth and development, and would be good for Nebraska landowners and ratepayers, according to the study by the Brattle Group, a consulting firm with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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