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Solar-Power Advocates: Iowans Need Incentives to 'Farm the Sun'

Iowa's largest investor-owned utility wants to make owners of private solar power systems pay more for generating their own electricity, while opponents warn that could cause Iowa to lose its standing as a leader in promoting renewables. 

House Study Bill 185 would add a yearly "sunshine tax" on private solar generators, a move MidAmerican Energy says creates more fairness for all customers who use its electric grid. 

Petersburg sees the potential in wind energy

New opportunities for growth can be difficult to find in a rural community. Bringing in economic development is key to the vitality of small towns, allowing local economies to thrive, and creating jobs in rural areas. Luckily, in Nebraska, we can take advantage of a growing industry that delivers a wide variety of benefits to communities around the state.

Can’t make the hearing in Lincoln? 6 steps for weighing in on legislation

Nebraska residents are often referred to as the second house of our unique unicameral legislative system. Recognizing the importance of constituent voices in the legislative process and the long distances some must travel to appear before a legislative committee, new rules were introduced this session. Now letters of testimony may be submitted to be included as an exhibit in the official hearing record, permitting participation in the process—even if you are not able to travel to Lincoln.

Fixemer: Legislature’s property tax plan should support next generation of farmers

In every town you’ll find people doing their best to give back to their communities, providing support for the next generation, and leading by example so that others can succeed down the line. These are the people our communities need to thrive and who are invaluable to the continued health of rural America. Jerry Fixemer is one of those people.

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