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OUR OPINION: South Sioux City's energy strategy deserves praise

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Citizens should appreciate efforts by city government in South Sioux City, Neb., to, through a creative and diversified energy strategy, save them money by reducing their electricity costs, support the state's important renewable energy industry and protect the environment.

In a Sept. 13 story, The Journal reported on multiple energy-related steps taken or planned by the city.

They include purchase of four electric cars for use by city employees (it's the largest municipal fleet of electric cars in Nebraska), plans for the purchase of solar and wind power and plans for construction of a private solar farm.

In a unique, additional energy-related step, the city plans to produce electricity for its Scenic Park campground by burning fallen tree branches, limbs and brush it collects along the riverfront and across the community.

From any perspective, in our view, the city's greener strategy represents a winning proposition. Clearly, South Sioux City leaders are out-of-the-box thinkers possessed of a prudent vision for the future with respect to energy who deserve praise.

"People here are excited about what we're doing for the future," City Administrator Lance Hedquist said for the Sept. 13 Journal story. "I think it's something to be proud about."

We agree.

Really, what's not to like about planning ahead, using more renewable energy and saving money?

We look forward to watching South Sioux City's energy strategy continue to evolve.

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