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OUR OPINION: South Sioux City’s energy strategy deserves praise

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

Editorial Board, Sioux City Journal

Citizens should appreciate efforts by city government in South Sioux City, Neb., to, through a creative and diversified energy strategy, save them money by reducing their electricity costs, support the state’s important renewable energy industry and protect the environment.

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South Sioux City embraces electric cars, wind, solar options, by Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal

South Sioux City embraces electric cars, wind, solar options

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall on Friday. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall on Friday. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

By Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal

Excerpt
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. / Mayor Rod Koch was upbeat on the city’s drive to be green, which he described not only as money-smart but also ahead of the curve. “With all the regulations and changes Washington’s making on coal, we’re seeing the writing on the wall – we’re trying to get in a better position for the future, and the future is wind and solar,” Koch said . . . The city has set aside 21 acres of land — on C Avenue south of East 48th Street, between South Sioux City and Dakota City — for a future solar farm that could be operational in 2016. The city is receiving bids from private companies that would build, own and install solar panels. The farm would provide 3 megawatts of solar power for the city.

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South Sioux City to buy electric capacity from Lincoln utility, by Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal