Nebraska senators pass scaled-back bill aimed at wind energy

Nebraska lawmakers passed a scaled-back version of a bill that could make it harder to install wind-energy transmission lines on private property, if landowners object.

This new version of the measure that was previously defeated won final approval Monday on a 44-0 vote.

The bill will allow eminent domain for renewable energy projects, but gives opponents a better chance to challenge such projects in court.

The original measure would have barred Nebraska’s public power organizations from using eminent domain to install transmission lines for use by privately developed wind-energy farms.

Opponents say it would have stifled wind-energy development in the state.

Senators agreed to revive the bill, however, and reached a compromise.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer, of Gordon, whose district includes Nebraska’s Sandhills.

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