Renewable Energy Generates Opportunity in Small Towns

In our hometown of Lyons, Nebraska (pop. 950) several newly-arrived young adults are strolling the streets, a result of an internship project sponsored by Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems. They have come to Lyons to learn about and build renewable energy systems- primarily wind and biodiesel.
Living in a small town we know that far too often our young adults leave town for college, never to return.  This is one of the reasons many of us are so enthusiastic about renewable energy.  Rural America has an abundant asset urban America lacks- land.  And Lord knows we've got plenty of wind. If we build the renewable energy industry the right way- and that's a big if- there is real potential to bring a new generation of young people to our small towns. 

That's why it is so important that we encourage locally owned, community-scale renewable energy production.  We don't need ethanol plants owned by an investment firm out of Boston (or Omaha, for that matter).  We need locally owned biofuel facilities that employ accountants, engineers, marketing specialists, etc. in our small towns.  We need wind companies that employ locals not only for construction needs, but for manufacturing, design, power distribution and other jobs.

For rural communities to thrive, we must attract and retain top-notch young adults, relying on economic activity that is built on the assets of rural America.  Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems has brought young adults to our small town, and they're building a future for all of rural America.

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