| Tidbits from Nebraska and Across the Nation...
OPPD Uses Grants and Scholarships to Encourage Energy Efficiency
In March 2009, the Omaha Public Power District received a $15,000 grant from the American Public Power Association through its Demonstrate Energy-Efficient Developments program to become an ENERGY STAR Partner. OPPD will develop a best practices guideline to help other utilities maximize their efforts to become ENERGY STAR Partners. An ENERGY STAR Partner can help customers participate in energy saving efforts that will reduce their energy consumption and lower their utility bills.
Grant for Student Interns to Help Customers
The Omaha Public Power District received a $16,000 grant from the American Public Power Association to hire student interns to work on a variety of projects that will help customers save money. The interns will:
For more information visit the American Public Power Association program to — Demonstrate Energy-Efficient Developments.
Omaha Natural Gas Utility Features Fleet of Clean Fuel Vehicles
Gas Station Sells a Choice of Ethanol Blends
The Pump & Pantry opened the first gas pump in Nebraska to offer a variety of ethanol blends. The new gas pump will offer drivers a choice of five different blends: regular unleaded, E10, E20, E30 and E85. Only cars that are designated flex-fuel vehicles can fill up with the higher ethanol blends of E20, E30, and E85. Most Nebraska E85 gas stations offer drivers a choice of E10 -- 10 percent ethanol blended gasoline — or E85, which has an 85 percent ethanol blend.
There are 24 operating ethanol plants in the state, with an annual production capacity of more than 2 billion gallons, using as much as 700 million bushels of corn. Nebraska is third nationally in ethanol production.
Fighting States’ Addiction to Oil
Promoting clean vehicle and fuel technologies as well as transportation alternatives such as E10 and E85 can help states reduce their oil dependence. This can help the economy create clean energy jobs, reduce vulnerability to fuel price hikes, and lessen air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Central City Manager Receives National Public Power Award
USDA Webinar Discusses Bioenergy Crop Assistance
Google and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Launch Alternative Fuels Map
The map displays stations that sell E85, biodiesel, hydrogen, propane, electric, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas. The map also shows users vehicle density layers for flex fuel vehicles thus revealing where a flex fuel station might be needed.