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Nebraska and its govornor go for wind

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A total of 1400 customers had signed up to buy wind power in Nebraska by mid June -- including the state's highest elected official, Governor Ben Nelson. That is enough customers for installation of a single Zond 750 kW turbine on the city landfill of the capital Lincoln. Nebraska's green pricing program, in which 100 kWh of wind power will cost about $6.00, was launched in April by utility Lincoln Electric System. The turbine is expected to be installed within a year, says Jerry Loos of the state of Nebraska energy office. If there is enough additional demand, a second turbine may be installed, he adds. It is not the first time that a governor has agreed to buy wind power for a premium. Governor Roy Romer of Colorado signed up to Windsource, operated by Public Service of Colorado. Like Romer, Nelson has also issued an executive order promoting the use of renewables and efficiency among state agencies. It decrees that all state agencies must use renewables and conservation whenever cost effective, available and practical. By 2025, they should be using only renewables "to the greatest extent practical." And the Board of Educational Lands and Funds must formulate a plan to allow renewables plants to be built on state land.

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