Nebraska Legislature Gives Initial Approval to State Energy Planning Legislation

The Nebraska legislature recently gave initial approval to a bill that calls for the development of a state energy plan to assess the economic costs of compliance with federal regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The bill (LB469) won 39-0 endorsement after a couple of senators signaled they may attempt to amend it later to include a more balanced approach that also measures the advantages of moving to a cleaner energy environment.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed imposition of stricter carbon emission standards and has asked states to provide plans for implementing those requirements.

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