in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove a barrier to the development and export of wind energy in the state.

The bill, L.B.104, would provide a sales tax exemption for the purchase of turbines, towers and other wind-farm components - which neighboring states such as Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma have used. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Steve Lathrop, D-Neb., who helped to pass legislation to allow for increased development of wind energy in Nebraska. In 2008, Lathrop helped to pass L.B. 629, which created a rural community-based energy-development program to allow local property owners and communities to develop wind energy projects.

Gov. Dave Heineman, R-Neb., who supports wind energy, says lawmakers should not pass new bills providing tax breaks until the legislature does a proposed study to overhaul Nebraska's tax system. When the legislature's Revenue Committee voted 5-3 to advance the bill in March, Heineman said he was "very disappointed" and accused advocates of supporting tax breaks for out-of-state companies.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.


Sen. Reid Vows To Bring Wind PTC To A Vote By Year's End

Nevada's senior senator provides some encouragement to wind industry advocates during his annual Clean Energy Summit.


Steadily, Wind Turbine OEMs Resume R&D Investment

An increased commitment to research and development will likely lead to wind energy innovation - not to mention a likely increase in patent-protected technology.


Quebec Government Postpones Wind Power RFP; No New Date Scheduled

The request for proposals (RFP) is part of an overall 800 MW wind power tranche that will serve as a bridge to the next phase in the province's energy future.


Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
UnitedEquip_id1995
Future Energy_id2008