Lawmakers passed a bill April 12 aimed at helping a Nebraska community address its electrical system challenges.
LB977, introduced by Sterling Sen. Julie Slama, transfers $15 million from the Cash Reserve Fund to the Site and Building Development Fund and expands eligibility to include grants to second class cities — those with a population between 801 and 5,000 residents — that partner with public power utilities to expand electrical system capacities and enhance redundancy and resilience.
Slama has said that the bill was brought to assist southeast Nebraska’s second-largest town, Falls City, in addressing its substandard electrical capacity.
Eligible grantees are required to secure a minimum commitment of half of a project’s total cost before state dollars will be released.
LB977 passed on a 42-0 vote and took effect immediately.