LINCOLN (AP) — Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday intended to attract more wind energy companies to Nebraska, as long as residents receive some of the benefits.
The measure would make it easier for renewable energy companies to qualify for sales-tax exemptions under the existing Rural Community-Based Energy Development Act, which was created to encourage wind-energy projects.
Lawmakers gave the legislation first-round approval, 33-0, even as they acknowledged that it may have to shrink to fit within the state's upcoming budget. It was the second wind-energy measure advanced within the past week.
Nebraska ranks among the top five states in the nation in wind potential but 26th in the energy it could produce with the equipment currently installed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Nebraska lags behind its neighboring states: Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas.
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