Senators push for more wind energy in the state

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ An effort to encourage more wind energy development in Nebraska hit a roadblock this legislative session, but some Nebraska lawmakers are determined to capitalize on the state's wind potential.

Despite Nebraska's strong potential for wind energy, the state has had difficulty getting major wind developments because of a lack of significant tax incentives and a public power structure that requires low-cost energy.

This session, Senator Ken Haar of Malcolm withdrew a bill that would have encouraged public power districts to consider more renewable energy.

A bill by Senator Al Davis of Hyannis remains alive. It seeks to study Nebraska's future needs for transmission infrastructure to serve consumers and to export electricity out of the state.

That bill faces one more vote in front of the Legislature.