Clean Energy News

Nebraska Winds Blow Hard, but Renewable Energy Development Fails to Keep Pace

Wind energy is thriving, especially in the Midwest. Known for its huge agricultural potential, Midwestern states also have some of the best potential for wind power. That makes our region prime real estate for wind energy developers.

But our home state of Nebraska is being left behind by neighboring states. As a result, we’re missing out on the benefits of wind development. Nebraskans have watched development boom in nearby states due to incentives that draw developers.

Transmission and Teamwork

It’s one thing to talk about the importance of building clean energy transmission to meet the needs of local communities. It’s quite another to put those words into action. This year, the Center for Rural Affairs is doing just that.

We’ve teamed up with grassroots organizations throughout the Upper Midwest to better understand how to enable a new generation of wind projects in a way that works best for you. It’s our job to sit down with community members, work to understand their needs, and help answer their questions.

Energy Project Builds Capacity and Economic Opportunity

Here at the Center for Rural Affairs we spend a lot of time working hard to create economic development opportunity in rural communities. When it comes to energy, we know this opportunity can be realized only if we further develop clean energy transmission infrastructure.

In the Dakotas, they’re doing just that. Big Stone South to Ellendale is a transmission line that will run from a new substation near Big Stone City, SD, to a proposed substation near Ellendale, ND.

Putting the Public Back in Public Power

This winter the energy team at the Center for Rural Affairs zigzagged across Nebraska. Renewable energy was on our minds. We sat down with renewable energy advocates and elected board members of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The board members represented most of our state.

Rural people who are concerned with the source of their power and Nebraska’s energy future came to the meetings to express their opinions. They discussed the benefits and road blocks of developing renewable energy in Nebraska.

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