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Local View: One good way to create American jobs

Editorial written by Lucas Sabalka, Lincoln Journal Star

We are in a time of tremendous change. As President Trump’s term begins, our country is faced with great challenges as well as great opportunities. At the top of the list of problems to tackle is creating good American jobs.

Inextricably linked with job creation and economic growth are the areas of energy and the environment. Continue reading.

Lucas Sabalka is an Applied Mathematician at Nebraska Global.


Forum speakers tout benefits of renewable energy

Art Tanderup discusses the solar panels he uses to generate electricity at his Neligh-area farm during a renewable energy forum Thursday night in Norfolk. Since January, the panels have supplied 82.5 percent of the energy he’s used, which decreased his energy bill by 66 percent compared to the same time frame in 2014.

By Christina Lieffring, Columbus Telegram  

NORFOLK – The Nebraska Farmers Union organized a forum Thursday evening at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, where presenters discussed renewable energy’s impact on the economy, climate change and faith.

NECC’s dean of applied technology, Lyle Kathol, first presented on the opportunities for students and professionals with the development of wind energy in Nebraska. NECC offers the state’s only wind energy technology associate degree, a two-year program that trains students to work in construction or repair of wind turbines.

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Available grant funding & incentives for renewable energy projects:

  • A USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant, if awarded, would cover 25% of the project.
  • Federal Tax Credit of 30% for qualified installations
  • Accelerated depreciation for businesses
  • Self-Employment Tax Credit

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act Introduced by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts)

Last week Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward Markey introduced his first bill in the Senate, The American Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act, that would require utilities to generate a minimum of 25% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.  A summary of the bill begins with these statements:

Overwhelming majorities of Americans from both parties and across the country want greater access to clean energy. And they want government policies that support greater deployment of these technologies

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act would create huge benefits for consumers, create jobs, and protect the environment by requiring electric utilities to obtain a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and biomass by 2025. The bill also requires electric and natural gas utilities to implement energy efficiency programs that would save the equivalent of 15 percent and 10 percent of sales, respectively, by 2025.

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To read the entire bill, click here:

Markey Bill Creates Jobs, Quadruples America’s Clean Electricity Production –  You Tube Video

The bill is supported by the following environmental and trade groups:

American Wind Energy Association, National Hydropower Association, Solar Energy Industry Association, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, TechNet, New England Clean Energy Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, League of Conservation Voters, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Environment America, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, First Wind, Ameresco, National Wildlife Foundation, Conservation Law Foundation