Everyone knows how hard it is to get pro-wind federal legislation (like a renewable electricity standard) passed when other issues—like health care, financial regulatory reform, and immigration—are on the agenda.
Fortunately, some things are getting done in the states. (Yay federalism.) Take Nebraska as an example. Nebraska has great wind resources, but did not have much wind energy development because the state’s electric utility structure did not provide enough incentives. To make things worse, there was a ban against exporting electricity.
This week, the Nebraska legislature passed a law that allows the export of electricity. That means the state can enjoy the other benefits of wind energy development—jobs and economic development.
Here is an article from the Omaha World Herald that explains the benefits.