Nebraska lawmakers take another look at wind energy

Oct 28, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers are once again looking for ways to attract wind-energy producers to Nebraska.

At least seven state lawmakers and Gov. Dave Heineman will speak next month at the annual Nebraska Wind Conference in Lincoln. One of the organizers, John Hansen of the Nebraska Farmers Union, says the conference helps generate new ideas based on what has worked in other states.

Senator Heath Mello says he's considering wind-energy legislation next year that would provide a production tax credit to wind farms, similar to one offered by the federal government and other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy says Nebraska is the nation's third-windiest state, but ranks 26th in the energy it could now produce. The state lags behind neighboring states Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas.

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