Nebraska leads nation in growth of wind energy capacity

LINCOLN, NE (AP) – A new report says Nebraska led the nation last year with the growth of its installed wind-energy capacity, creating economic benefits for the state.

The American Wind Energy Association says in a report Tuesday that Nebraska now hosts nearly 2,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity from 25 projects across the state. The projects represent more than $3.5 billion in capital investment.

The group says the wind industry generated $8.5 million in additional state and local tax revenue in 2018.

Josh Moenning, director of the group New Power Nebraska, says the state now creates energy as efficiently as it does food and is helping to meet the market demand for renewable energy.