When Wind Turbines Move to Town – How Do Rural Communities Benefit?

By Anna Luke, American Wind Energy Association Originally published on Into the Wind It wasn’t always the case, but nowadays rural places are often among those in greatest need of new economic development. Sadly, the farm belt and Rust Belt have been losing jobs and investment for decades. It will take significant change to raise […]

Like This: Facebook Buys More Wind Power

by Hannah Hunt – AWEA Here’s news we can all “like” today: Facebook announced plans last week to locate its newest data center in rural Nebraska. Thanks to a new renewable energy tariff provided by their future local utility, low-cost wind energy will power 100 percent of the facility. A big footprint This will be […]

FACT CHECK! Transmission Pays for Itself, Saves Consumers Money

From AWEABlog, by Betsy Beck Studies show that expanding America’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs more than pays for itself, and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. […]

How the FORTUNE 500 Are Driving New Markets for Clean Energy

More Companies are Choosing to Power Their Operations with Renewable Energy From AWEABlog, by Evan Vaughn What brings diverse companies like Amazon, Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and Walmart together? They’re all buying renewable energy or want to get in the market for it. From tech giants to household names, corporate America is shopping for […]

In the News: Rural Nebraska Lawmaker Sees Wind Energy as an Urgent Lifeline

By Karen Uhlenhuth; From Nebraska Energy News Read the story online at:  http://midwestenergynews.com/2015/12/16/rural-nebraska-lawmaker-sees-wind-energy-as-an-urgent-lifeline/  Nebraska state Sen. Al Davis is a rancher, a longtime resident of rural Nebraska, a proponent of renewable energy, and a Republican. Now going into his fourth year as a state legislator, Davis views this as a propitious moment for his home […]

Vying for the Title: States Across the U.S. Set Wind Output Records

October was a record breaking month for wind energy output. by Michael Goggin.  Originally published at AweaBlog.org Grid operators in Texas (ERCOT) and the Midwest (MISO) spent the past week neck and neck in a race for record wind output, leading to a near photo finish. Texas jumped into first place on October 22, eclipsing […]

Southwest Power Pool Study Misses Low-Cost Options for Meeting Clean Power Plan

by Michael Goggin Originally Published:  http://www.aweablog.org/southwest-power-pool-study-misses-low-cost-options-for-meeting-clean-power-plan/ The Southwest Power Pool released a study today examining the impacts of complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Unfortunately, the study’s results are not realistic as the study arbitrarily limited the region’s options for complying with the Clean Power Plan. If the region had been allowed to fully utilize […]

8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Announced

Lincoln, Nebraska – The eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition is planned for November 4-5 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Hilton Omaha. “We are excited to bring this convention to the City of Omaha for the first time,” said Adam Herink, Conference Co-Chair. “The renewable energy industry continues to grow, innovate […]

Wind in the News: Nebraska should ‘get on board’ with wind power, lawmakers say

From the Lincoln Journal-Star, January 16, 2015 By Zach Pluhacek Surrounding states continue to outpace Nebraska in their production and promotion of wind power and other renewable energy sources, a group of state lawmakers said Friday. Five senators plan to introduce bills providing tax incentives and encouraging the state to better market its wind resources. […]

Local View: Wind Energy for Property Tax Relief

This piece originally appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star: http://journalstar.com/local-view-wind-energy-for-property-tax-relief/article_bd3d7105-3984-5a7a-9633-d82cd340e95d.html By Michael Zakrzewski An Open Letter to Governor Ricketts: Dear Governor, Congratulations as you begin your new journey! As a third generation farmer/rancher in Holt County I was very happy to hear that your top priority will be property tax relief. The bad news is […]