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Finding A Home for Renewable Energy and Transmission

Utilities must involve America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners in critical decisions about how and where to build new energy transmission infrastructure. Finding A Home for Renewable Energy and Transmission, my new report authored with Carl Zichella of the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines clear steps to achieve this goal.

Op-Ed: Other utilities should buy wind energy

The Midwest gains a lot from investing in wind energy. It is a homegrown resource, and it's abundant -- Nebraska ranks third in the nation for wind energy potential.

Wind energy also offers new jobs -- in manufacturing, construction and services -- and is a welcome source of revenue for communities and landowners that host projects.

When all is said and done, investing in wind energy carries a lot of benefits that utilities and customers should want to promote and take advantage of at the same time.

Op-Ed: Transmission project supported

Recently the Nebraska Public Power District held a series of hearings to discuss a new transmission project planned for northeast Nebraska. The 40 mile line, stretching from the Hoskins area to a new substation near Neligh, is designed to improve reliability in a part of the state hit hard by the drought.

Spotlight on Transmission: Hoskins to Neligh Line

In May the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) completed the third round of open houses for the Hoskins to Neligh transmission line. The project will help increase reliability and efficiency in northeast Nebraska. It will also help move energy from wind farms around Neligh to markets outside of Nebraska.

When NPPD produces more energy than is needed in Nebraska, they can sell the extra wind energy to markets outside the state. Connection to these markets helps to bring the possibility of new renewable energy projects to the state.

Recharged: Energy Interns Go to Des Moines

On a recent Monday morning, Lucas Nelsen and I took a road trip to attend a transmission route planning meeting in Des Moines hosted by ITC Midwest, a transmission developer. Lucas hadn’t been through Iowa in about a decade, and I had never spent much time in the state.

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