Wed May 29, 2013
Lawmakers approve bill for wind farm incentives
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would use sales tax exemptions to attract wind farms to Nebraska has won final approval from lawmakers.
Senators voted 38-2 on Wednesday to pass the measure, as a Kansas-based company considers developing a wind farm in Dixon County, near the Iowa and South Dakota border.
Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha says his bill is designed to keep Nebraska competitive with other high-wind states in the Plains that have offered tax incentives. Nebraska currently charges a sales tax on all equipment and materials used in wind-energy projects.
Nebraska ranks as a top state in its potential to generate wind power, but 26th in what it can produce right now.
Lawmakers rejected a proposed amendment that would have required companies to purchase Nebraska-made materials.
The bill is LB104
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