6400 University Drive S (64th & Dodge) Omaha
Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Conservation Nebraska, Sierra Club,
OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team
David Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.
Specific topics will include:
- power purchase agreements
- virtual power purchase agreements
- commercial and industrial use of solar
- the potential for combined solar and battery installations
- incentives and depreciation
David Bracht, Attorney with the U.S. law firm Kutak Rock, advises clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, as well as lenders, power companies and government agencies supporting renewable energy development.
David works with companies, service providers and other public agencies focused on improving energy efficiency to reduce energy use and cost. He counsels producers, agribusinesses and other businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products, along with lenders, insurers and other firms supporting the production of food, fiber and fuel from agriculture processes.
He has more than 35 years’ experience in business, government and law, including private legal practice and senior executive experience in private industry and federal and state government agencies.
Most recently, David served as Director of the Nebraska Energy Office and a member of the cabinet of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts from January 2015 to August 2018. During his service as Nebraska Energy Director, total solar facilities statewide expanded from an estimated 1-2 megawatts to more than 30-40 megawatts and total wind facilities in Nebraska nearly doubled and the current 1.97 gigawatts is nearly triple those operating in 2014.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the attendant know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.
Nebraska gains as wind power grows, by David Bracht, The Grand Island Independent. Bolstered by more than $3.5 billion in private investment, close to 2,000 Nebraskans work in wind today. In fact, Yahoo Finance recently reported that “wind turbine service technician” is the fastest growing job in our state. Those jobs, and the option for young people to return home, bring new life to communities that have been suffering population decline for decades. Wind farms adding 10, 15 and sometimes 25 new good-paying jobs has had a dramatic impact, especially in Nebraska’s small towns. Look to towns like Petersburg, Elgin, Allen, and Neligh for just a few examples.