Golden, Colo., May 22, 1998 Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson and most of the heads of the state's largest electric and natural gas companies will be briefed on the latest developments in wind, ethanol, solar and building technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on Tuesday, May 26.
"Several years ago, the state's Energy Office began working closely with staff at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a variety of projects," Nelson said. "Because of these earlier efforts, Nebraska is in unique position to become a leading laboratory for cutting-edge renewable technologies. The state is blessed with a variety of resources that could propel Nebraska into becoming a major exporter of renewably-generated energy within the next decade."
According to Nebraska Energy Director Bob Harris, Nelson will be joined by Bill Mayben of The Nebraska Public Power District, Terry Bundy of Lincoln Electric System and Larry Marquis of NMPP Energy as well as staff and board members from Omaha Public Power, Loup Public Power and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. Natural gas officials include Jerry Radek from Metropolitan Utilities District, Larry Hall of KN Energy and staff from Utilicorp.
"Nebraska's close ties with the laboratory is one of the reasons Lincoln Electric System and The Nebraska Public Power District will be testing the latest in wind technology, " Nelson said. "The lab also is pioneering ethanol production research. We believe the next several years of research will provide cost and technology breakthroughs in ethanol production."
The governor said the U.S. Department of Energy agreed to provide $25,000 to pay for technical assistance the state will need in implementing a Renewable Energy Executive Order that Nelson signed in January. The Executive Order commits the state to using more energy from renewable resources.