Hastings Utilities asking from input on solar and wind energy

HASTINGS, Neb -- The Hastings Utility Department is looking for public input on a new way to reduce prices with renewable energy.

Starting Friday morning residents can speak out on wind and solar energy through a survey.

The city is searching for new ways to help reduce the cost of monthly energy bills. Some things they are considering are buying into wind and solar farms.

“What we are looking at right now is Hastings hasn't been as proactive as some of the surrounding communities,” Director of Marketing and Energy Supply Derek Zeisler said. “We have some assets and some resources here in town that have helped keep our prices competitive.”

Individual residences and businesses can opt to buy into the farm for lower rates over a longer period of time. There is no word yet how much this switch would cost the city but Hastings Utilities first wants to hear the public's thoughts.

“The city of Hastings is pretty excited to offer the customers an opportunity,” Zeisler said. “What we're trying to do is make sure we are listening to the customers and see what they want, what they need for some of the things they've got going on in their own businesses.”

The public can find the survey on the city of Hastings website and there will be a reminder written on utility bills.