Wind developer to discuss wind as economic engine

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March 23, 2009 - 7:00pm

Dan Juhl, a wind developer from Minnesota, says wind farm technology is available on a smaller scale than traditional energy sources like coal or nuclear power. He says the key is for wind farms to be owned by the local communities where they're located.

"If you're gonna develop your wind resource and you let foreign multinational companies come in and build the windfarms and they're owned by them, then basically you're exporting your energy dollars out of your community and out of your state," he says.

Juhl says challenges include getting startup capital, and finding ways for smaller projects to take advantage of federal tax credits, which are often geared to large corporations. But he says the federal stimulus package is creating opportunities for smaller communities to get involved. The lecture at UNL tonight is free and open to the public.

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