A special legislative committee on climate change is educating Nebraskans on how they can help the environment.
State Senator Ken Haar says two hearing this week will focus on promoting the use of solar energy.
“For the future, it’s probably going to be more solar than wind,” Haar tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Although, I think wind will be a really important part of that.”
Haar says another focus of the hearings is financing energy improvements through a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
“There are companies that will come in up front, invest in your improvement, and then it’s paid back by increasing your property tax,” Haar explains. “So it goes with the property. If I sell my house before the PACE loan is paid off, that assessment would go with the new owner.”
He says the committee’s work will lead to creating a climate action plan for the state.
“Some of the public power districts have created their own, what I would say, goals. Nebraska Public Power District, I think their goal is 10 percent,” Haar says. “(The districts’ goals) are fairly low compared to what other states are doing that actually have energy standards.”
Haar says the committee’s report will be sent to the Unicameral by the end of the year.
The hearing on September 27th at 10 a.m. is at Broken Bow Middle School, 322 N. 9th Avenue, Broken Bow, Neb. The committee will hear presentations on energy financing, including PACE, and will follow with solar energy development at 1:30 p.m.
On September 28th beginning at 9 a.m. in room 1525 of the State Capitol, the committee will hear about solar energy development followed by energy financing, including PACE, beginning at 1:30 p.m.