Tag Archives: Nebraska’s renewable energy development

Midlands Voices: Tariffs could slow surging Nebraska wind industry

By David Levy, Omaha World-Herald

The writer is a partner and chair of the energy practice group at Baird Holm law firm in Omaha, representing wind and solar energy developers, Nebraska municipal utilities and rural public power districts. This commentary reflects his personal views and not the views of Baird Holm.

Wind is creating new opportunities in communities across Nebraska. In the 20 years since Nebraska’s first wind farm began operations, wind energy businesses have invested more than $2.6 billion in the state. Nearly 2,000 Nebraskans now work in the wind industry, where wind technicians on average make close to $55,000 annually and work and live in rural areas. Thousands more construct wind farms across the state, infusing hundreds of millions of dollars in new wages and spending into local economies . . . Nebraska has a lot to gain if the wind industry continues its growth. And it has just as much to lose if these tariffs move forward. Concerned voters should ask their congressional representatives to urge the administration to exempt wind energy components from these harmful tariffs. Read more here.

NPPD Photo: Steele Flats Wind Farm

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New tool helps states identify EV policies that work, and those that don’t, Utility Dive

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), which has developed, along with Cadmus, a tool for states and localities to assess their policies and develop regulations that will encourage smart growth of charging infrastructure and vehicle adoption.

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News Release: Solar Alliance launches “SunBox” product for residential homebuilders

“With California legislation requiring all new homes to have solar starting in 2020, and other states soon to follow, the new home segment is one of the fastest growing markets and this program provides a fantastic tool to address that demand,” said Chairman and CEO Jason Bak. “SunBox provides residential developers with all of the tools they need to provide their customers with a permit-ready solar package. Including solar in the initial home design makes long term economic sense and provides another option for developers to offer their customers. The new home market is massive, and this program allows us to target it strategically.”

Omaha World-Herald Editorial: OPPD’s clean energy goals worthy

Consumer demand for cleaner sources of electricity and improved economics for wind and solar power are leading the Omaha Public Power District to boost its generation from renewable sources. By 2020, the utility says, renewables should provide half of the electricity it sells to retail customers. Click here to read the entire editorial. 

Photo: The Grande Prairie wind farm, the largest wind project in Nebraska history, will eventually generate more than 818 megawatts, almost twice the output of the closed Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. OPPD is taking energy from Grande Prairie. Credit: Megan Farmer / The World-Herald

Wind energy tax credit breezes to 2nd round in Nebraska Legislature

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald Bureau

LINCOLN — State senators amended and then advanced a bill Wednesday that would provide a first-ever production tax credit for wind farms and other renewable energy facilities.

The 25-3 vote to advance the proposal from the first round came after a long debate over whether such a tax break could succeed in creating an incentive or whether Nebraska is too late to become a big player in wind energy.

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Amended version of Legislative Bill 423

Update of Nebraska’s C-BED (Community-Based Energy Development) law:
LB402 Bill Signing is a Positive Step Forward for Wind and Solar Development in Nebraska, Nebraska Farmer’s Union

LB 402