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Respect and Restore

We believe that developing renewable wind energy brings real benefits to rural communities across the nation. To ensure these benefits aren’t realized at the expense of landowners and community members, wind energy projects must address the challenges presented by the construction process.
 
The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report entitled Respect and Restore: Reassessing Local Wind Energy Standards, that examines issues being overlooked in county and township wind energy ordinances.
 

Need More Talk About Nebraska’s Energy Future

Right now the Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and our Public Power Districts are hard at work planning for Nebraska's energy future. These agencies have been tasked with putting together a comprehensive State Energy Plan that looks at the cost of fuel, future customer growth, where we currently get our power from, future generation options, and environmental regulations. The final Nebraska Department of Energy plan will likely include recommendations for future energy investments and other decisions regarding our public power system.

Wind Energy Equals Missouri Opportunity

The Midwest and Great Plains is an area that has a bright future in renewable energy, especially in rural areas where space and resources are abundant. Besides bringing cheap and clean energy to these states, renewable energy also brings new manufacturing and income sources that can reinvigorate local economies.  Tapping into renewable resources like wind and providing homes and businesses the opportunity to use this renewable power is the first step to bringing these benefits to rural communities.
 

What is Right for Nebraska's Energy Future?

I attended what was supposed to be a community energy meeting in Norfolk, Neb., last Tuesday evening. It seemed to be more like a salesmen's pitch on how electricity produced with coal, nuclear power or natural gas is the customer's "best buy." The panelists' main defense, as always, is the "economics" or the current dollar cost of producing electricity.

Sadly only one hour was allotted for the event. The panelists took up most of the time making their pitch, hardly reserving any time for the public to participate.

New Report Examines How to Make Local Wind Energy Ordinances Better

Wind energy is a valuable economic driver for rural communities. New development brings jobs to local areas, providing new customers for local businesses. Projects also provide direct annual payments to landowners who host turbines, giving them a new source of income.

Local communities and counties benefit as well. Projects add new property tax revenue – money to support essential services like schools, fire, and police. 

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