Nebraska has the potential to be on the cutting edge of the production and implementation of new energy technologies and to become a magnet for renewable energy companies. Nebraska is uniquely placed with its abundance of renewable energy resources to make important contributions to the energy industry.
I will introduce legislation that will encourage renewable energy investment and usage in Nebraska. Renewable energy will be a primary driver of world economic growth, and if Nebraska can become an early haven for these technologies it will be well placed in the future economically and politically.
Energy Objective 1
Renewable Energy Investment Center - Nebraska is well positioned to become the renewable energy investment center of America. We have an abundant amount of wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear energy, and top research universities from which companies can recruit.
Energy Approach 1
Capitalize on the Open Market - Currently states are jostling for slices of the renewable energy market, and Nebraska must work to brand itself as the renewable energy investment center of America. To accomplish this goal, I plan to introduce new legislation that encourages companies to move to the State, incentivizes research companies to conduct their operations in Nebraska, and develops a strong renewable energy network throughout the state.
Energy Objective 2
Sustainable Wind and Solar Energy Farms - In order to be a renewable energy investment center, Nebraska must have sustainable wind and solar energy farms. We must encourage companies to invest in Nebraska and provide new and less expensive forms of energy for Nebraskans.
Energy Approach 2
Remove the Power of Eminent Domain from the Public Power Districts - Currently private companies are reluctant to invest in Nebraska's renewable energy because our public power districts have the power of eminent domain over any investments. In 2009, LB 561 took steps to solving this problem, by allowing investors and the public power districts to work out terms before a project is built. LB 561, while a start, is not the solution. We must eliminate the power of eminent domain from public power districts that allows them to possibly confiscate to new energy projects. This is essential to attract new investment and to develop affordable energy in our state.