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Solar energy can power communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, many Midwestern states are building more local renewable energy to meet consumers' needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources with the third best wind energy potential in the country, and ranks 13th in solar energy potential. Despite this, Nebraska is still heavily reliant on coal from out of state and lags behind neighbors in developing renewable energy resources.

Solar can serve communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, states like Nebraska are building more local renewable energy to meet consumer needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources, ranking 13th for solar energy potential, but still relies heavily on fossil fuels like coal to generate our power. While we continue to import coal from other states, residents are missing out on the opportunity to develop energy locally.

North Dakota communities could feel a draft with proposed bills

Two bills proposed in the North Dakota house and senate would drastically change the benefits that North Dakotans would see from local wind energy development.

North Dakota is 11th in the U.S. for wind energy capacity, with wind energy accounting for over 20 percent of in-state electric generation in October 2016. To put it into perspective, that’s enough to power 597,000 homes, and the state could go on to develop enough wind energy to power 1.6 million average American homes.

Rural electric cooperatives help customers save money

We talk a lot about renewable energy at the Center for Rural Affairs. A big reason for that is because new renewable energy projects can provide a lot of benefits to rural communities – things like new tax revenue to fund local essential services like police or emergency services, direct payments to landowners, and bringing new jobs to small towns and rural areas. Those benefits are just the start – these projects also deliver cheap and clean renewable power for homes and small businesses.

New Transmission Key to Connecting Renewables

The Midwest and Great Plains is an area that has a bright future in renewable energy, especially in rural areas. Besides bringing cheap and clean energy to these states, renewable energy also brings new manufacturing and income sources that can reinvigorate local economies. But taking full advantage of the renewable potential in these states requires a way to transport energy from where it is generated to where it can be used by homes and businesses.

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