Clean Energy News

Landowners and Developers Improve Energy Projects

A proposed clean energy transmission project, the Rock Island Clean Line Project, will transport up to 3,500 megawatts of renewable energy. The route goes from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, extending 500 miles across Iowa and western Illinois.

Opportunity on the Line

Tapping America’s vast wind resources requires a commitment to building high capacity transmission infrastructure. An improved electrical grid will create rural jobs in both transmission and wind industries, bring more wind energy online and help secure a clean energy future in regions rich in wind potential.

Connecting Communities

Rural communities often struggle to find new and readily available economic opportunities. In the past decade, however, a new source of employment and revenue has seen fantastic growth. It seems the answer was blowin’ in the wind. Renewable energy, especially wind energy, has proved to be a very successful venture. Investment in wind energy helps rural areas immensely. It provides employment, and various types of revenue can flow into a community from a project.

Renewable Energy Resources-Questions and Answers

We polled Nebraska Extension Educators to learn what questions they received related to renewable energy.

With the record-setting heat and drought in 2012, its no surprise that alternatively powered irrigation pumps were a popular topic. But Nebraskans were curious about a wide range of other energy issues as well, with conservation andsolar and wind energy systems topping the list. Check out the complete survey results.

Congress Approves Energy Tax Credits and Saves 37,000 Jobs

With the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, most of the country breathed a sigh of relief. But those concerned about rural communities and renewable energy had an additional reason to celebrate the deal: the extension of the Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit.

Both are vital tools for an industry that has proven beneficial to rural communities, especially in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains. The wind industry has helped provide new employment opportunities, sources of revenue, and additional sources of income to farmers and ranchers.


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