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Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board: State must capitalize on wind energy

Now that Nebraska has crossed the gigawatt threshold — 1 billion watts — of wind energy production, it’s time for the state to shoot even higher. The Cornhusker State became the 18th state to reach that milestone this year when turbines at a 400-plus-megawatt wind farm in Holt County began spinning. But Nebraska should continue its aggressive surge to be far more than just above average when it comes to wind energy . . . Nebraska has a bright future in terms of capitalizing upon one of its chief exports, winds whipping across the prairie. State officials and business leaders must continue tapping into that potential to realize a benefit that stretches from border to border. Read more.

Image: Jenna VonHofe, Journal Star file photo: A turbine outside of Odell.

Lincoln Journal Star Editorial: Wind energy proves worth in red states

Journal Star Editorial Board

For years, skeptics have scoffed about the future of wind energy, presuming to silence enthusiasts with the line, “Well, what do you do when the wind doesn’t blow?” As it turns out, there is a modern answer for that question. It’s called a power pool. This month, the Southwest Power Pool became the first regional transmission organization in North America to supply more than 50 percent of its demand from wind turbines, hitting 52.1 percent of its load at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 12. Continue reading.