By Emily White, KVNO News
Before his time in the Unicameral, he was a member of the Metropolitan Utilities District board for nearly thirty years. He’s sponsored energy policy bills in the Legislature, including one in 2015 that he says “leveled the playing field” for renewable resources like wind and solar to compete with coal and natural gas. “Nebraska has had the fastest growing renewable energy situation in the entire country,” he says. “We are number three in wind resources, and we need to fully capture that source of energy to make our environment more clean and more healthy.”
The next step, McCollister says, is using net metering to incentivize individual energy contributions to the grid through solar panels and wind turbines. And moving outside of energy policy and looking at the future of the state as a whole, he backed up what many have said is key to keeping jobs and industry within Nebraska: an expansion of trade education, training people for specialized jobs. Read more here and listen to the full interview on July 12, 2019.
Photo Credit: Nebraska Unicameral Information Office
- Representative Jeff Fortenberry Receives Golden Triangle Award From Farmers Union, Nebraska Farmers Union News Release
- NFU Honors 26 Congressional Champions of Family Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union News Release
- The Solar+ Decade Takes Flight: A Radical Transformation of Energy Use in America, SEIA Blog. The following is the speech that Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) delivered at the opening general session at Solar Power International and North America Smart Energy Week.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Solar Photovoltaic Installers
- Report: Nebraska led nation in wind energy growth, by Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star
- Nebraska gains as wind power grows, contributed opinion by David Bracht, Grand Island Independent
- Nebraska college capitalizes on need for wind energy workers, by Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star
- Wind Turbine Technicians – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Northeast’s Applied Technology Career Day
Friday, October 4, 2019 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Begin your day with check-in at 9:00 am in the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk Campus. Optional walking campus tour at 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Experience the latest technologies, tools, and techniques used in today’s high-demand, high-paying career fields.
For more information or if you have questions, please call (402) 844-7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Community College
801 East Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701