Gov. Ricketts: Rolling blackouts are completely unacceptable

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 10:03 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 18:18:13-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts thanked utility workers and those making sacrifices to conserve energy amid the recent cold snap, but called the rolling blackouts “completely unacceptable.”

He said we need to have a conversation in the country about the sources that are providing energy to our grid, adding he will be working with state senators, other governors and speaking to power executives to make sure more rolling blackouts don’t happen in the future.

Additionally, Gov. Ricketts discussed the vaccination efforts in Nebraska. The state is still in phase 1B of vaccinations, which prioritizes those age 65 and older.

The governor mentioned that teachers are in the phase 1B category; however, there are other groups who are prioritized ahead of that such as first responders, critical utility workers, homeless shelter staff and corrections staff.

Gov. Ricketts discussed a new online tool rolled out by the state of Nebraska that helps residents determine how much credit they are entitled to based on how much school property taxes were paid. The credit can be claimed on income taxes.

See the online tool here.

Watch his remarks below or on our Facebook page.

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