Ramping up wind power development and energy-efficiency efforts could create 14,000 jobs in Nebraska by 2030, as well as bring in $690 million in additional income while saving rate payers $580 million and cutting $650 million in health care costs, according to a Sierra Club report. Nebraska's wind power capacity stands at 337 megawatts, while neighboring Iowa's has surpassed 4,000 megawatts, which has resulted in 11,000 permanent jobs, said John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs. "[Iowa] demonstrates that what [the Sierra Club] found in their research is true," he said.

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