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Senator Al Davis pushing for better incentives for wind energy developers in Nebraska

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More wind-energy projects could be coming to Nebraska, thanks to proposed changes to a state statute.

Currently,  ‘Community Based Energy Development' provides a sales tax exemption on the equipment and supplies used to construct a private wind energy project.

Only one wind project has been able to qualify for this exemption since 2007 because of a provision states that at least 33 percent of the revenues from the project has to flow to Nebraska residents.

Changes to the bill would drop that percentage to 25 percent, and loosen restrictions.

Hyannis Senator Al Davis says the bill introduces a number of elements that will benefit the whole state. "Manufacturers, engineers, any kind of contribution that is Nebraska generated kicks in to support this," says Davis. "So this bill will do more for wind development than I think anything else we looked at."

This bill is Senator Davis' priority bill for this legislative session.

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