Two bills target strengthening Nebraska electric grid after 2021 winter storm

Two senators are now presenting two different bills that would take a combined $11 million from the American Rescue Plan to expand and examine the reliability of the electric grid in Nebraska.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – There was a long list of issues that happened after the major freeze in February of 2021. Energy suppliers issuing rolling brown out warnings to customers in the state of Nebraska to let them know, the electric grid was being pushed to its limits and power could be lost.

“It pointed out a need for a green energy source of power for businesses, homes and the medical industry,” Senator Bruce Bostelman said.

Two senators are now presenting two different bills that would take a combined $11 million from the American Rescue Plan to expand and examine the reliability of the electric grid in Nebraska.

“We all know that when we have widespread power outages, downed power lines and this corruption in service, our daily lives are negatively impacted,” Senator Myron Dorn said.

LB1100 would put money toward a feasibility study relating to nuclear reactors. Senator Bostelman wants to see if nuclear energy could be the answer to a greener footprint and providing power during monumental weather events.

LB969 would give money to the Department of Environment and Energy to provide grants for electric infrastructure projects to address things like obsolete overhead conductors, underground cable or problem mining distribution lines.

All of this to make sure no Nebraskan has to go without power during any kind of storm.

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