Nebraska senators seek to capitalize on Nebraska wind energy with tax breaks, less regulation

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A group of senators says Nebraska is losing in the nationwide push for renewable energy.

The senators announced proposals Friday to cultivate and market wind energy in the state.

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The American Wind Energy Association ranks Nebraska fourth in the nation for wind energy resources, but Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm says state regulations prevent resource development. Haar announced a measure to remove barriers for construction of renewable energy facilities.

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha unveiled a bill that would create a production tax credit for renewable energy facilities. Oklahoma and Iowa offer similar credits.

Other bills include measures to create a comprehensive energy plan by the end of the year and one to establish a longer-term and more stable tax structure for wind projects.