Governor signs wind energy bill into law

Governor Heineman says that he expects Nebraska to be a top ten energy producing state by 2020…and toward that end he signed into law what public power officials and wind-energy advocates are calling landmark legislation.
“The wind energy industry has a bright future in Nebraska as a result of this legislation, in the last two years we have made significant advances in wind energy legislation and regulations that cover a range of issues from net metering and environmental consideration to defining the process of approving wind energy for export.”
The bill is designed to attract wind-energy companies that would export the energy from the state. The American Wind Energy Association says Nebraska ranks fourth in the country for wind-energy potential, but 24th for actual production.