Nebraska has a lot of untapped potential in the wind energy industry, according to a new report. Kathy Belyeu, spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association, says Nebraska ranks 6th in terms of wind energy potential but only 22nd in actual installed wind capacity.
One megawatt of wind can supply 250 to 300 average homes. Nebraska generates about 153 megawatts of wind power, compared to number-one Texas with more than eight-thousand megawatts.
Belyeu says there are new wind farms coming online in Nebraska, but just not as many as in surrounding states. She says, “If you look at the map of the U.S., you’ll see a lot of wind resources installed in states all around Nebraska, and Nebraska has some coming on but it’s still lagging behind the other states around it.”
The top five states for wind capacity are Texas, Iowa, California, Minnesota and Washington. Belyeu says the Husker State clearly has the potential for significant growth in the wind power field.
“Nebraska Public Power and Omaha Public Power have both recently announced voluntary goals of 10% renewables over the next decade,” she says. “We look forward to seeing a lot more activity from Nebraska.”
Learn more at the American Wind Energy Association website: www.awea.org.