Weekly Column

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.

Rural Advocate says Goodbye

I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I walked out the door of the Center for Rural Affairs on August 30.  It was my last day.

After 37 years, the Center will always be a big part of me. And I will always be indebted to all who helped make it the nation’s leading force fighting for the rural and small town way of life.

Passing the Torch

I am pleased to announce a leadership transition at the Center for Rural Affairs. Assistant Executive Director Brian Depew has been named the new Executive Director, effective Sept 1, 2013. Chuck Hassebrook, who shaped the Center for decades through his hard work and leadership, will depart to pursue new challenges.

This transition follows a thorough and rigorous process the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors established some time ago to meet this eventuality.

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