The eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is underway in Omaha.
One of the event’s organizers, Adam Herink, a vice president at BlueStem Energy Solutions, says more consumers are turning to the plentiful, renewable resources.
Herink says, “The technology on both the wind side and the solar side continue to get better and more efficient and the prices have continued to go down.”
One big focus at this year’s conference is greenhouse gases like carbon, their impact on the environment and our financial outlook.
“No matter which side of the aisle you’re on politically, there is a concensus that we’re going to be paying something for carbon in the future,” Herink says. “There is an opportunity there through wind and solar technologies to help reduce our carbon footprint.”
Herink says Nebraska has to learn how to better harness and use its abundant supply of natural resources.
“We have a very great, robust wind resource in Nebraska,” Herink says. “We definitely do not have all the population even to consume all of the wind energy we can produce. So, number one, how can we use it locally first, and then how can we supply other parts of the country with our green wind energy.”
The conference is expected to draw about 400 people and features workshops and break-out sessions on climate, power needs and financing. The conference opened Wednesday and runs through today at the Hilton Omaha.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton