David Bracht Authors Opinion Column on Wind Power in NebraskaNews | May 1, 2019
Kutak Rock attorney David Bracht authored a guest opinion column in the April 23, 2019 edition of The Grand Island Independent regarding the future benefits associated with clean and affordable wind energy in Nebraska.
Mr. Bracht writes that “Nebraska wind farms operating today generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes. Wind energy also fuels economic growth for the state. Close to 2,000 Nebraskans work in wind and those jobs give young people the option to return home, bringing new life to communities that have been suffering a population decline for decades.”
Mr. Bracht continues, “The bigger story is that wind’s role is set to significantly expand in the coming years. Technology improvements continue to lower the cost of producing electric energy from wind.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Nebraska is third in the nation for wind potential and has the strongest, most reliable wind in the country. Wind brings a stable cash flow for local farmers and landowners, attracts new businesses and the jobs that come with them to Nebraska, and wind farm taxes help improve country roads and enhance rural schools.
David Bracht, former director of the Nebraska Energy office, is a member of the firm’s corporate practice group and focuses his practice on agriculture and renewable energy related issues.