Nebraska
NebraskaNebraska has the potential to be a renewable energy powerhouse  and in some sense, it already is. After all, the state is 2nd in the country for biofuels production capacity.1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, January 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1EHyxo2
The renewable fuels industry has provided a big boost to Nebraska’s rural economy according to the biofuels group Fuels America, supporting nearly 40,000 jobs and spurring economic activity upwards of $11 billion.2
Source:
Fuels America
http://bit.ly/19lnbNE
Nebraska did have several tax incentives in place for advanced biofuels, but those incentives have since expired.3
Source:
Nebraska Department of Revenue
http://1.usa.gov/1xCkzXy


Nebraska is also 4th in wind power potential.4
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, July 2012
http://1.usa.gov/1zaqYYE
In fact, almost 92% of the state is suitable for wind energy generation.5
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, January 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1EHyxo2
But the state has lagged in taking advantage of its abundant wind resources. Nebraska has less than 900 megawatts of wind energy capacity; that makes the state just 18th in the country for installed wind capacity.6
Source:
American Wind Energy Association
http://bit.ly/1Cs0EdV


State politicians are working on boosting its renewable sector. Nebraska does not have a renewable portfolio standard, but a bill to provide a production tax credit for wind installations is currently working its way through the legislature.7
Source:
Fox Business, January 2015
http://fxn.ws/1xClnvt


Learn more about energy in Nebraska with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.


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