Published by The Columbus Telegram / The Banner-Press
Wind energy development in Nebraska is a targeted economic development goal for our state. In the last five years this type of development brought over $1.3 billion and 950 jobs to Nebraska. In 2014 the legislature commissioned a study by the Brattle Group to identify the challenges involved in turning the state’s wealth of wind into monetary gains for our citizens. LB 824 incorporates the regulatory reduction recommendations brought forth by the Brattle study with the hope of removing unnecessary regulatory hoops that neither protect Nebraskans nor create Nebraska economic development.
As the introducer of LB 824, I want to highlight some key components of the bill and clarify some points that may be unclear because of the complexity of the subject matter. A Question and Answer format would seem to provide a good framework to accomplish this goal. Continue reading.