Senator Haar To Host Seminar on Nebraska Energy Development

Monday, September 24th from 3pm-5pm

State Senator Ken Haar is giving a presentation on Energy Choices for the 21st Century, to be held on Monday, September 24th at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Hardin Hall Auditorium located at 33rd and Holdrege St. on the University of Nebraska Lincoln East Campus.

The presentation will feature nationally known energy expert Ron Binz, who is a 30-year veteran of utility and energy policy. Most recently, he served for four years as the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission where he implemented the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy”. Mr. Binz will present his report, “Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know.”

“As a public policy maker, I want to make sure that our public power districts continue to provide low-cost reliable service to Nebraskans,” said Haar. “I am also very concerned that, although we have the third greatest wind potential of any state, we are far behind our neighboring states in wind energy development. This leads to another disturbing fact - Nebraska consumes twice as much energy as it generates from its own resources (The 10 States That Use the Most Energy, posted Sept 17, 2012 in the 24/7 Wall St. Morning newsletter).

Senator Haar continued, “Our public power districts are currently engaged in a process of reviewing their energy generation options. Since the citizens of Nebraska are the owners of public power, we - the stakeholders - need to make sure that our public power representatives have all the information to make the best choices. Decisions we make now will have an impact for many years to come.”

“It is important to examine the planning of major investments by public power in its generation assets from every perspective,” said Haar, “and the report by Mr. Binz brings such a perspective to the public eye. It challenges us to look not only at the price of generation resources, but also the relative risk of those resources and the value of diversifying the generation portfolio.”

The meeting is free, open to the public and will feature a question and answer period following the presentation.

Contact: Senator Ken Haar 402-471-2673
To share a ride from Omaha, call Mark Welsch at 402-453-0776.

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