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Nebraska's wind energy potential

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A series of new projects will nearly triple Nebraska's wind energy capacity by the end of 2015.  

Nebraska currently has the capacity to generate 459 megawatts from wind power. John Hansen, the co-chair of the sixth annual Nebraska Wind Conference, told an audience on Wednesday that the state will add 750 megawatts over the next two years.

When the projects are done, Nebraska will join the ranks of neighboring states Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado, which have all surpassed the 1,000-megawatt mark.

Gov. Dave Heineman told conference attendees that more work needs to be done to develop Nebraska's wind power. Heineman says wind farms produce local property tax revenue and encourage economic development in rural and urban areas.

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