“Wow!!” That was the reaction of Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler – and just about everyone else in the room – when Lincoln Electric System announced this morning a major new commitment to clean energy. LES, Nebraska’s third largest electric utility, unveiled a new 50 kW solar installation on its new service center, and announced: * A 25-year agreement with Invenergy...Read More
The UNL Report
Update: The full report as well as supporting materials has been posted for downloading. Senator Ken Haar succeeded in his legislative effort to advance Nebraska’s preparedness and resiliency to climate changes by improving and expanding the Unicameral’s advisory committee, but there was an effort to keep the committee from considering the human factor as a...Read More
OPPD's Dramatic Change for Clean Energy
On June 19 the OPPD Board unanimously adopted a plan that maintains a level of clean renewable energy power equal to at least one third of its generated electricity for 20 years. And they announced that they will close the coal-fired plant at North Omaha in stages. And then OPPD has committed to enough efficiency/DSM programs (300 megawatts worth) to replace roughly...Read More
Stop Greenhouse Pollution at Power Plants!
A Stanford University review of polls that measure Americans’ opinions about global warming reveals that big majorities want action and that the desire to cut greenhouse gas pollution from power plants is widespread across the USA, including in Nebraska. The USAToday coverage includes revealing graphics like the map that accompanies this post. Note two things....Read More
Nebraska businesses and individuals spent over $2 billion for electricity in 2009, according to the Nebraska Energy Office. In 2009, Nebraska utilities and industries spent $338 million on coal – twice what was spent in 2005, and three times what was spent just ten years earlier (Nebraska Energy Office).Read more
Nebraskans are ready to embrace renewables in a big way. And from solar to wind to bio-fuels to small hydropower to co-generation and on and on, renewable energy is ready.
In fact, “Big Wind” power is offered at prices for between 2 cents and 4 cents or even lessRead more
The least expensive electricity is the power you never use!
The least expensive electric generating plant is the power station you never build!
We are talking about “energy efficiency,” and “demand-side management” which are different aspects of addressing the goal of building only as much electric generation capacity as is really necessary. Not justRead more