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Nebraska lawmakers pass wind-energy measure

Nebraskans may begin seeing turbines on the skyline within 12 to 18 months as private companies begin using a new state law Gov. Dave Heineman will sign on Monday. ...Senators gave final approval Friday to the bill (LB1048) intended to attract wind-energy companies that would export energy from the state.

Nebraskans may begin seeing turbines on the skyline within 12 to 18 months as private companies begin using a new state law Gov. Dave Heineman will sign on Monday.

At least one company planning a 200 megawatt wind farm in north central Nebraska could be ready to take its application to the Nebraska Power Review Board on July 15, the day the bill becomes law, said David Levy, an Omaha attorney who represents several out-of-state wind developers.

The company could start putting in 130 turbines in 12 to 18 months, Levy said.

Senators gave final approval Friday to the bill (LB1048) intended to attract wind-energy companies that would export energy from the state. The bill eases concerns of private companies that public power could take their property using its eminent-domain authority.

It also requires private companies to reimburse public power for the costs of building wind-energy transmission lines.

A Harvard University report says Nebraska ranks fourth among states in wind-energy potential, but 22nd in actual wind-energy production. One reason is it's the only state where all electric customers are served by publicly owned utilities.

Nebraskans may begin seeing turbines on the skyline within 12 to 18 months as private companies begin using a new state law Gov. Dave Heineman will sign on Monday.

At least one company planning a 200 megawatt wind farm in north central Nebraska could be ready to take its application to the Nebraska Power Review Board on July 15, the day the bill becomes law, said David Levy, an Omaha attorney who represents several out-of-state wind developers.

The company could start putting in 130 turbines in 12 to 18 months, Levy said.

Senators gave final approval Friday to the bill (LB1048) intended to attract wind-energy companies that would export energy from the state. The bill eases concerns of private companies that public power could take their property using its eminent-domain authority.

It also requires private companies to reimburse public power for the costs of building wind-energy transmission lines.

A Harvard University report says Nebraska ranks fourth among states in wind-energy potential, but 22nd in actual wind-energy production. One reason is it's the only state where all electric customers are served by publicly owned utilities.


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APR 10 2010
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