Power Bill is Dead for the Year, Not Enough Votes to Advance


Lincoln - Abill intended to encourage Nebraska public power districts to consider morerenewable energy is dead for the year.

Thebill was sponsored by Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm. Haar said he withdrew hisproposal from consideration on Tuesday because he didn't have the votes toadvance the bill.

Themeasure would have required public power districts to consider economicdevelopment when building their energy portfolios. Current law states thatpublic power districts should provide low-cost electricity.

Haar said the measure would getrid of an excuse that districts use not to consider wind and other forms ofalternative energy.

Opponents argued that the billwould impose a mandate on public power districts and increase costs forfamilies and businesses.