Lawmakers pass Nebebraska wind energy incentive bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would use sales tax exemptions to attract wind farms to Nebraska has won final approval from lawmakers.  Senators voted 38-2 on Wednesday to pass the measure, as a Kansas-based company considers developing a wind farm in Dixon County.  Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha says his bill is designed to keep Nebraska competitive with other high-wind states in the Plains that have offered tax incentives. Nebraska currently charges a sales tax on all equipment and materials used in wind-energy projects.  Nebraska ranks as a top state in its potential to generate wind power, but 26th in what it can produce right now.  Lawmakers rejected a proposed amendment that would have required companies to purchase Nebraska-made materials.