ECONOMIC IMPACT IN NEBRASKA
The state of Nebraska ranks third in the nation for wind potential wind energy generation. Nebraska is leading America in wind energy growth. The wind industry is creating new income for farmers, new jobs in small towns, and new tax revenues that are improving schools and local infrastructure. Nebraska now creates energy as efficiently as it does food, harvesting the wind and meeting growing market demands for clean energy.
Nebraska wind energy capacity grew 39 percent last year. Nebraska currently has 1,972 megawatts of installed wind capacity in 25 projects, which ranks 14thnationally and represents about $3.5 billion of capital investment. At the end of 2018, projects with another 1,100 megawatts of power were either under construction or in advanced planning stages. In Nebraska, there is 974 active wind turbines.
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Employment of wind turbine service technicians, also known as wind techs, is projected to grow 96% during the next eight years, much faster than the average for all occupations
Nebraska has many Wind for Schools projects, which helps develop a future wind energy workforce by encouraging students at higher education institutions.