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Nelson: New report details $146 million recovery act investment in clean energy in Nebraska

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010 -- Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson welcomed an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Energy that it released a new report detailing the $146 million in clean energy funding Nebraska has received due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The report details total investment to date as well as the 38 energy-related Recovery Act projects across the state.

"This new report details how the Recovery Act is investing in Nebraska's renewable energy industry," said Senator Nelson. "Through a combination of grants and tax cuts the Recovery Act has helped two new wind turbine manufacturers in Nebraska, provided millions for local communities to invest in energy efficiency, and provided rebates so Nebraskans could invest in energy efficient appliances. The Recovery Act is creating jobs, providing tax relief to Nebraskans, and investing in our long-term growth to help our economy get back on track."

The report is available for download at: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/ne.htm

The Recovery Act energy funding included tax breaks that helped create jobs and supported two new green manufacturing facilities in Nebraska including:

* A combined $33.5 million in green manufacturing tax credits for Novozymes Blair, Inc., in Blair, and TPI Composites, Inc., of Grand Island to operate new manufacturing facilities building next-generation wind turbine blades.

The report details notable grants to Nebraska including:

* $30.9 million to the Nebraska Energy Office to invest in state-level energy efficiency and renewable energy priorities.

* $41.6 million for the State of Nebraska to weatherize approximately 4,000 homes in the state, including Nebraska's low-income families. Weatherizing saves homeowners money and creates jobs by retrofitting homes to cut energy use.

* $19.2 million in block grants to 27 Nebraska communities to develop local energy efficiency programs.

The report also details the success of the Nebraska Appliance Rebate Program, which was supported with Recovery Act funds. According to the report, on the first day of the program, July 6, nearly 500 people lined up outside Omaha's Nebraska Furniture Mart to take advantage of rebates on Energy Star appliances. Despite the economic downturn, it was the store's highest gross sales day since it opened in 1937.

Senator Nelson played a key role in the passage of the $787 billion Recovery Act. He worked with a bipartisan group of nearly 20 Senators to better focus The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on tax cuts for the middle class and job creation for millions of Americans. Senator Nelson led the group through the initial bill line by line, dollar by dollar, to reduce spending and cut out $108 billion of inefficient or less-stimulative spending. The bipartisan group helped the improved bill win congressional approval. President Obama signed it into law February 17, 2009.

Senator Nelson is posting information about the release of Recovery Act funds on his website as it becomes available. For more information visit: http://bennelson.senate.gov/feature_4.cf....

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