Lawmakers pass tax incentive for wind energy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have advanced a tax incentive bill designed to attract wind-energy companies to Nebraska.

The 30-0 vote on Wednesday came as a Kansas-based company, TradeWind Energy, considers building a possible location in northeast Nebraska.

TradeWind Energy executive Frank Costanza said the company is interested in Nebraska's wind capacity, which ranks third nationwide. But he says the state has done ``almost nothing'' to compete with Kansas, Oklahoma or South Dakota.

The vote came one day after Iowa approved $18 million in tax credits for Facebook to build a nearly $300 million data center. Kearney was vying for the project, but lost in part because Facebook has placed a heavy emphasis on sustainable wind power.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Steve Lathrop, of Omaha and may face a veto from governor heineman, who has expressed opposition to the measure .

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