Report Says Nebraska Wind Power Would Boost Economy

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A new report says wind power has the potential to boost Nebraska's economy, but the state is still trailing its neighbors in tapping the resource.

A group of lawmakers and environmental advocates unveiled a report Thursday that ranks Nebraska as the fourth-best wind-resource state in the nation. Yet the report says Nebraska ranks 25th when it comes to installed wind capacity. Nebraska ranks lower than Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas.

Skip Laitner, an Arizona-based energy economist who authored the report, says expanding wind energy could save Nebraska consumers a combined $3.8 billion over the next two decades. Laitner says shifting from coal power to wind could also lower the nation's health care costs.

The announcement follows the dedication this week of a new wind farm near Broken Bow.

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