Alternative energy continues to grow in Nebraska

Special to the Norfolk Daily News

This year, Nebraska has positioned itself as a leader in America’s growing wind energy industry, generating nearly 20% of state electricity production from wind power. Solar power is also growing in the state, with the capacity to power nearly 8,000 homes.

But if these renewable energy sources are to continue growing, modernized infrastructure is essential.

A panel hosted by the New Power Nebraska coalition discussed the status of the state’s electricity grid infrastructure, including projects like the R-Line, opportunities for grid improvement and how modernization will affect industry growth in coming years.

The virtual event featured local and industry leaders discussing the growth of wind and solar in Nebraska and some of the projects and initiatives that will help improve electrical grid transmission.