New Power Nebraska shines a light on the benefits that wind energy generation brings to Nebraska’s communities and rural places – for clean power, farm income, and new jobs.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Using a natural resource – that we have in abundance in Nebraska – to cleanly create energy promotes American energy independence, generates new income opportunities for farmers, and leads us to a new energy future.
David L. Bracht, Former Director, Nebraska Energy Office
We as a state continue to see how wind can support our local economies. Having an additional natural resource that we can use. develop, and export for value is a great opportunity.
Chris Beutler, Former Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska
Wind energy is a significant component of our community’s energy diversification efforts. As we continue to grow as a city, we will increasingly draw upon clean energy sources to accommodate energy needs. As a clean, homegrown resource, wind will play a vital role in powering our future.
There are up to 4,000 direct wind energy jobs in Nebraska
Nebraska landowners hosting wind turbines have received annual lease payments exceeding $5 million
Through 2018, Nebraska has benefited from capital investment of $3.5 billion in wind projects
Wind projects contribute $8.5 million in annual state and local tax payments
Recent history and the foreseeable future will see renewables and natural gas continue to gain market share at the expense of coal. According to the EIU, net capacity additions between now and May 2022 will be dominated by renewables.
According to U.S. government data, utility-scale solar electricity now costs $36 to $44 per megawatt-hour of electricity, and onshore wind power costs as little as $29, undercutting the $36 average of running existing coal plants and far beating the $60 to $143 per megawatt-hour cost of building and running new coal plants.