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
According to the American Wind Energy Association, as of fourth quarter, there have been 1,045 turbines installed in Nebraska with 26 wind projects. The state ranks 16th for number of wind turbines.
Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group plans to invest $118 million to increase its stake in three Midwest wind farms.
CLOUD COUNTY, Kan. – Across this central northern county, wind turbine blades slowly slice the cold air over winter-brown fields. The 67 wind turbines of the Meridian Way Wind Farm straddle dozens of farms and ranches, following the contours of the land and the eddies of the wind above it. The turbines are tall enough that their size is hard to gauge from cars driving by.
The numbers tell the story: There are just 20 coal plants in the continental West whose owners haven’t committed to fully retiring them by specific dates, data compiled by the Sierra Club and additional research by The Times show. That’s compared to 49 coal-burning generating stations with units that are slated for closure or have shut down since 2010.
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska has announced plans to significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels over the next 30 years.