During April and May the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is giving ratepayers a peek behind the curtain with several open houses across the state. Attendees can learn more about what goes on Behind the Outlet at NPPD.
“We applaud NPPD for holding these open houses and we’re doing everything we can to inform people about the meetings and encourage them to attend,” said Paul Mansoor, Energy Policy Advocate at the Center for Rural Affairs.
According to Mansoor, NPPD is considering spending $1.5 billion remodeling and refurbishing coal-fired power plants. And that decision, if arrived at, will drive investment away from renewable energy sources like wind generation. These open houses come after NPPD’s President went on record saying that wind cannot provide the energy that Nebraska needs at cheap prices.
“Investing in coal will cost Nebraskans in the long run,” explained Mansoor. “Renewable energy options, like wind, currently cost about the same as coal, and the price is coming down. Supporting wind energy in Nebraska would create thousands of jobs, and billions of dollars in economic development. It will also save ratepayers money in the long run.”
According to a recent Center for Rural Affairs report “Renewable Energy and Economic Potential,” a Nebraskan wind industry would bring over 30,000 jobs to the state, and an economic boost of $1.7 billion per year.
“We believe rural Nebraskans are ready to be a leader in wind energy,” suggested Mansoor. “Our state is sixth nationally in terms of wind potential, yet a dismal 18th in wind capacity. Although the wind blows in Nebraska, we’re not harnessing it.”
A recent survey revealed an amazing 94% of Nebraskans favorably regard wind. The Nebraska Renewable Energy poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of the Center for Rural Affairs, American Wind Energy Association, Wind Coalition and Energy Foundation - all proponents of a strong, federal renewable electricity standard.
“Moreover,” Mansoor explained, “the cost of renewable energy is continually coming down. Investing in wind energy today means cheaper, cleaner, good jobs across rural Nebraska tomorrow.”
The Center for Rural Affairs encourages all supporters of low rates, good jobs, clean energy and plain common sense to attend and make sure your voice is heard loud and clear on Nebraska’s energy future.
The nearest open house:
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cornhusker Marriot Hotel
333 S 13th Street