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 Cornell University, with the same land, the US could produce 20% of its power from the wind for ten years. “Currently, the US generates 7% of its power from wind energy,” Professor Sara Pryor said -Department of Earth and the Atmospheric Sciences. “The study indicates that with the installed capacity of wind turbines since 2014 will enable us to achieve the objective of 20% of power from the wind, without additional land or negative outcomes from the local climates.”
What do you do when leading scientific organizations study and report that human-caused climate change has and will negatively impact our ecosystems, economy, health and habitats? You do something about it.
A visit to a wind farm spurred questions to the viability of the half-mile setback determined by the Burt County Planning Commission.
Wind farms are not new to Nebraska. But when they are new to a specific area, such as Burt County, there can be a lot of questions.
Slightly more than 7 in 10 Nebraskans believe climate change is real and happening now, while about 6 in 10 favor replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.