in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill that features sales tax exemptions to attract wind farms to the state.

The bill, L.B.104, provides sales tax exemptions for the purchase of wind turbines, towers and other wind farm components - which neighboring states, such as Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma, have used.

Sen. Steve Lathrop, D-Omaha., who introduced the bill, said L.B. 104 is designed to keep Nebraska competitive with other high-wind states that have offered tax incentives. Nebraska currently charges a sales tax on all equipment and materials used in wind projects.

The bill is expected to pave the way for more wind farms in the state. Kansas-based developer TradeWind Energy is planning a $300 million wind farm for Dixon County, Neb., located near the Iowa and South Dakota border.

Lawmakers rejected a proposed amendment that would have required companies to use a certain amount of Nebraska-made materials when constructing wind farms. Opponents of the amendment argued that the requirement would make it harder for wind companies to create wind farms in Nebraska, because products made in-state might cost more than those produced elsewhere.

Gov. Dave Heineman, R-Neb., has criticized the bill, saying it extends tax breaks to out-of-state companies and vows to veto it. 


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Are Fitch Ratings' Claims About Wind Farm Underperformance Unfounded?

A recent report from Fitch Ratings suggests that wind farms underperform due to an overestimation of wind resources, but AWS Truepower says the analysis misses the mark.


SunEdison Buying First Wind In $2.4 Billion Deal

Global solar company SunEdison and its yeildco have announced an agreement to buy the Boston-based developer, a major player in the U.S. wind industry.


U.S., China Reach Ambitious Climate Change Accord

The agreement between the global superpowers leans heavily on the deployment of renewable energy, such as wind and solar.


What The Midterm Elections Mean For The U.S. Wind Industry

Both chambers of Congress are now under Republican control for the first time since 2006. How will wind energy fare?


GE Blade Crashes At Mehoopany Wind Farm In Pennsylvania

The turbine manufacturer says the Nov. 2 incident is "isolated and unrelated" when compared to earlier blade issues.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
BG 2015DblBox_id2032
Renewable NRG_id1934