Clean Energy

Clean energy offers a significant opportunity to diversify the rural economy, create new opportunity and address the root cause of climate change.

Wind energy and other renewable energy will revitilize rural communities rich in energy resources. When the Nebraska legislature held a hearing on wind development, one group of citizens drove 400 miles to testify that for the first time in memory, there was renewed hope for the future of their community. The economics are clear.

To maxmise the impact, there is a critical need for new and upgraded transmission capacity to unlock the renewable energy potential found in rural America. Both our economy and our future depend on moving power from the remote regions of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest to the demand centers that need it most.

Our goal is to better assist landowners and other rural stakeholders to ensure that clean energy transmission is built in an equitable, sustainable way - a way that works best for rural citizens and their communities. Those affected by new transmission will benefit from forming real partnerships with developers and those in the regulatory sphere, relationships that result in greater engagement in planning, new responsiveness to concerns and more equitable compensation models.

See our clean energy transmission database here. Learn about our work to replace coal fired energy with renewables (it's an infograph!)

Clean Energy Notes

 

Landowner Compensation in Transmission Siting for Renewable Energy Facilities

Economic and environmental concerns have popularized renewable energy projects as a source of electricity generation. The price of electricity generated by wind or solar power is more competitive today than ever before.

Yet development of renewable energy projects is limited by existing transmission capacity. Without increased infrastructure, the full benefits of wind and solar power cannot be realized.

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NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

Affordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. 

South Dakota Stays in the Wind Energy Game

Earlier this month, Governor Daugaard signed into law a bill that will keep South Dakota competitive in the wind energy industry.

South Dakota is 5th in the U.S. for wind energy potential, enough that wind could meet the state’s energy needs 300 times over. All of that potential has put South Dakota in position to be a wind energy leader.

Iowa Harnesses the Power of Wind

The power of wind is no secret to Iowans, 85% of whom favor wind energy over every other generating source. That support has meant a lot for the state's wind energy industry. In 2013, Iowa received 27% of its energy from wind - more than any other state in the US.

Investments in wind energy haven’t just provided renewable energy to the state. They have also brought new economic opportunities to communities across Iowa.