Winter 1997

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Rebuild Nebraska Finding Fertile Soil in Beatrice and York

A year ago, not a single business or multiple...

Agency Receives Federal Grants for New Efforts

In early fall, the Energy Office received $355,500...

Home Building Mistakes Can Last A Lifetime

Today, a house can be constructed so that utility costs...

State's First Nuclear Power Plant Buried Near Lincoln

What is believed to be the largest tomb in Nebraska is...

Energy Director Takes on New Tasks

Bob Harris began wearing two new hats...

Latest in Motor Technology Coming in May

The second nationwide broadcast of state-of-the-art motor system...

6% Dollar & Energy Saving Loans

Questions and answers about energy saving loans...

Information Services and Resources

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse provides information & factsheets...


Rebuild Nebraska Finding Fertile Soil
in Beatrice and York

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A year ago, not a single business or multiple family housing owner in the state had heard of something called Rebuild Nebraska. Today, it's a different story, especially in York and Beatrice where 22 Rebuild partners have been recruited.

Rebuild Nebraska partners are businesses and multi-family housing owners that voluntarily agree to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and reduce waste. In exchange for that agreement, the partners gain access to services such as free energy audits and low-cost financing that is not available to some others in the state.

After just twelve months, the Energy Office delivered 20 percent more Rebuild partners than the agency had promised the federal government it would recruit. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding the multi-year effort in the state. By the first of October, the Energy Office had signed up ten marketing and 50 building partners across the state.

After just twelve months, the Energy Office delivered 20 percent more Rebuild partners than the agency had promised the federal government it would recruit. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding the multi-year effort in the state. By the first of October, the Energy Office had signed up ten marketing and 50 building partners across the state.

Double-Teaming

“In some areas, we’ve been able to combine our Rebuild effort with local and regional projects,” Lynn Chamberlin, Rebuild manager said. Chamberlin pointed to Beatrice as an example of teaming with Nebraska Public Power District and Beatrice's electric supplier on a rehabilitation effort with local businesses. “The services offered by the Energy Office complemented what the utility was already doing,” Chamberlin said.

The Energy Office has already performed Rebuild audits on 99 buildings and presented the energy audit findings to about three-quarters of the building owners.Each audit examines potential ways the building and systems within it could be improved and operating costs reduced.The 99 buildings totaled 1.137 million square feet.

“We see each of our partners as unique,” Chamberlin said. “We combine the Energy Office's technical expertise with the partner's needs and provide the services that are most valuable.” Chamberlin estimated the cost of an energy audit of a typical commercial business ranges from $1,000 to $1,500. “The Energy Office provides the energy audit free to all partners,” Chamberlin said.

The other main service a partner can access is inexpensive local financing. Commercial Rebuild partners can borrow up to $100,000 at 6 percent interest, if financing is needed to make cost-saving building improvements. Multiple family housing owners can borrow up to $60,000 at the same low interest rate. Loans can be made for up to 15 years.

“If an improvement needs to be financed,” Chamberlin said, “most partners will be able to deal with a lender they already know since 70 percent of the financial institutions in the state offer these loans.”

Nearing $10,000

Over the past seven years, the Energy Office has teamed with local lenders to finance $9.3 million worth of improvements in nearly 600 small businesses across the state. Improvements identified by a Rebuild assessment can also be financed through the Energy Office. According to Chamberlin nearly $500,000 in Rebuild recommendations will be financed with Energy Office loans.

“The two most common reasons for not making cost-effective energy improvements in buildings,” Chamberlin said, “are ’I don’t know what needs to be done’ and ‘I can’t afford it.‘ With Rebuild, those barriers are gone.”

To learn more about Rebuild Nebraska, contact Lynn Chamberlin in the Energy Office.

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A Tale of Two RadioShacks

J & L Electronics in Beatrice and York Electronics, both RadioShack franchises, became Rebuild partners for similar, yet different reasons.

Fine Tuning Planned Work

The York store had already planned on making renovations to the building and wanted the Energy Office to make recommendations in light of those planned changes and to concentrate the review on the windows, heating and cooling systems and lights.

Overall, the Energy Office found energy use in the business to be considerably below the norm for a retail store.

The recommendations to the York store owner suggested adding R-11 insulation to some walls, moving a door to reduce heat gain and loss, replacing the store's front windows with new ones with a minimum level R-2, and several modifications to the remodeling projects. For example, a minor change in the ductwork for the new heating and cooling system would allow better air circulation. Secondly, substituting a different type of lighting in new fluorescent light fixtures would improve lighting quality.

The J & L store in Beatrice was needing a more complete analysis of possible improvements. The Beatrice store was also housed in an older commercial building that was considerably larger than its counterpart in York. As expected, the Beatrice store's energy expenses were higher than those in York.The owner also had several plans for using existing space differently.

What's Good, What's Bad

After a Rebuild assessment of the Beatrice store, the Energy Office recommended the owner consider several improvements as part of Beatrice's Main Street effort and integrated the recommendations into the store owner's plans.

For example, if the owner proceeded with plans for a business on the second floor, insulation could be added to the walls as a part of the planned remodeling.

The best bet for saving energy came from replacing fluorescent bulbs and electric ballasts in the store's lights with more efficient types. This simple recommendation could save nearly $60 a year. The overall cost of this recommendation was about $460.

The report also examined the store's heating and cooling systems. While replacing both systems with more efficient types was considered, the Energy Office examined the estimated costs and expected savings, concluding that the cost of the new furnace would be paid for in less than 15 years, but the cost of a new cooling system would need nearly 40 years to recover that investment.

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Agency Receives Federal Grants for New Efforts

In early fall, the Energy Office received $355,500 in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for multi-year efforts to expand the agency's work with commercial businesses, multi-family housing groups and homebuilders to increase energy efficiency and incorporate higher energy standards into new homes and buildings.

Rewarding Merit and Innovation

Nebraska ranked as the seventh largest recipient out of all states and territories that competed for the grants. Nationally, nearly $10.5 million for 116 projects was awarded. Last year, the Energy Office ranked as the fourth largest recipient among those receiving grants.

In the last two years, the federal energy agency has earmarked some discretionary funds for distribution to the states for projects in targeted areas. The selection of the projects funded is predominantly based on merit and past performance, not population or energy consumption.

The Energy Office received funding for two of the three projects submitted:

  • $255,500 for a non-traditional approach to encouraging Nebraskans to construct more energy-efficient buildings. The Energy Office, instead of pursuing legislative mandates, plans to utilize financial markets to encourage Nebraskans to build homes that meet or exceed the most current national energy code, the 1995 Model Energy Code. The state's current building code is the 1983 Model Energy Code.

    The Energy Office is using $200,000 in oil overcharge funds to supplement the federal grant. Oil overcharge funds are a result of various court actions against oil companies that overcharged their customers during the period of federal price controls from 1973-1981.

    The oil overcharge funds will be used for Dollar and Energy Saving Energy Efficient mortgages. The state funds will leverage an additional $600,000 for the mortgage loans.
  • $100,000 for expansion of Rebuild Nebraska because of previous success. Nebraska is one of the few states to receive an additional grant for work on improving the energy efficiency of existing commercial and multi-family housing buildings.

Last year, the Energy Office received $370,000 for three different multi-year projects. Work on those projects, Rebuild Nebraska, Climate Wise and the Federal Energy Management Program, will continue through 1998.

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Home Building Mistakes Can Last A Lifetime

Today, a house can be constructed so that utility costs are less than a dollar a day and the house will still be standing in 2100 according to Barbara Bannon-Harwood, author of The Healing House.

The Sidney, Nebraska, native shared ideas about the basic principles of affordability, durability and sustainability for housing at an affordable housing conference in Kearney in October.

Energy Efficiency--The Difference

Harwood talked about two elderly couples who had similar fixed incomes and homes and were alike in many other ways. Yet, one couple was sick and uncomfortable while the other couple was well and happy.

She was convinced the difference was energy efficiency. Harwood's family helped make the one couple's home more energy efficient, comfortable and affordable, and that accounted for the difference in health and happiness.

Harwood said these experiences and other life-changing events moved her in the direction of home construction using sustainability and energy efficiency principles.

Award Winning Ideas

Harwood is a builder-developer of both custom and affordable housing in Carrollton, Texas. She has received national recognition for her work including the 1996 Building Innovation for Home Ownership Award, the 1996 and 1997 Energy Value in Housing Award, the Professional Builder Achievement Award for Public-Private Partnerships, the Best Low-Income Development Award and the Distinguished Appropriate Technology Award.

Sustainability Affects Affordable Housing

Other sustainable development and affordable housing advocates appearing at the conference included Cecil Stewart, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Michael Myers from the U.S. Department of Energy, Patrick Lana from the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development in Denver, Catherine McGuire from the Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities in Omaha and Mayor Bruce Snead, Manhattan, Kansas.

The Kearney conference was hosted by the Nebraska Affordable Housing Commission and coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The Nebraska Energy Office was one of numerous sponsors.

For more information on the state's annual housing conference, contact Julie Hendricks at the state's economic development department at 402-471-4169.

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The typical family spends $1,300 annually

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The typical family spends $1,300 annually to heat and cool their residence and operate energy consuming appliances.

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In some months this cost can approach the size of the mortgage payment. Our homes and businesses are our largest investments and we rarely know how much the needed energy will cost us over the life of the building. The more energy efficient and environmentally sound our buildings are, the healthier our personal finances, our businesses, the economy, and the environment will be.

--Mike Meyers, Office of Building Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy

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Free Building Aids

Free building aids

The Energy Office offered free software, videotapes, code manuals and handbooks to assist conference participants in building energy efficient housing. The materials include:

  • The 1995 Model Energy Code published by the Council of American Builders (A $10 value).
  • MECcheck Computer Software for the 1995 Model Energy Code. A simple, one-page program that determines whether a house complies with the model energy code based on the square footage, R-values of walls, windows and ceilings and the performance of heating and cooling systems. The software works with either DOS or Windows and comes with a manual.
  • A videotape on how to “Inspect Houses for Model Energy Code Compliance.”
  • Financing Your Improvements, compiled by the Energy Office, profiles 36 different types of financing options for making improvements in housing and commercial and industrial buildings.

Quarterly readers can also obtain these free materials by contacting Kirk Conger or Lynn Chamberlin in the Energy Office.

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Energy Office Picked to Run Biomass Energy Region

In September, the U.S. Department of Energy selected the Nebraska Energy Office as administrator of the 13-state Western Regional Biomass Energy Program, replacing the Western Area Power Administration. Western is one of five regional biomass programs.

Biomass consists of renewable energy resources such as forest residue, wood and wood waste, food waste, agricultural crops and waste, animal waste, livestock operations residue, aquatic plants and municipal waste.

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“Western has always maintained a level of excellence and we hope to build on that foundation,” Bob Harris, Director of the Nebraska Energy Office said. “Over the years, the Energy Office has maintained an excellent corps of professionals who will provide valuable assistance in making Western's successes more widely known.”

The state agency plans on aggressively moving Western’s resources into the rapidly expanding electronic information arena. “I would envision that within months and possibly even sooner individuals interested in Western's activities will be able to meet their informational needs on Western's web site,” Harris said. “We also have plans to increase the general public's knowledge of biomass activities by using electronic publishing and mailing as well as making local, state and national media resources aware of Western's activities and projects.”

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Vital Partner

The federally-funded regional biomass programs began in 1983 when members of Congress created the state-based effort to expand biomass-to-energy activities and research. “Western has played a critical role in advancing many projects of significance in Nebraska,” Harris said. “Since at least 1992, Nebraska has been able to count on Western's support for projects that expand the use of biomass resources in the state.”

According to the Energy Office, Western has provided considerable financial support to local and state projects such as Lincoln's four E95 buses, the Department of Roads' two E95 heavy duty trucks and the establishment of a public E85 filling station system across the state. A recent biomass-to-ethanol-to-electricity fuel cell conference held in Nebraska City was financed, in part, by Western.

Congress authorized up to $2 million for biomass energy projects nationwide in 1998.

Others Housed There, Too

The Energy Office also serves as the administrative headquarters of the 21-member Governors' Ethanol Coalition as well as operating state and federal energy efficiency programs.

“In working with other energy-based organizations, we in the Energy Office have found creating partnerships that involve people at the top as well as across the organizational spectrum is one of the best ways to achieve progress on many projects,” Harris said. “It is our hope the same will happen with people in the 13-state Western region.”

The five-year operating contract with the Energy Office is conditioned on Congressional support of the biomass program.

For more information about Western, contact Jeff Graef, the lead staff person and primary biomass contact in the Energy Office.

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Western Debuts on the World Wide Web

Western has joined the Great Lakes region on the Internet. While Western's web site is still littered with “under construction” signs, the site can be accessed at www.westbioenergy.org

Web site sections will ultimately include:

  • A general description of Western's regional program as well as links to the other four regional biomass programs or their administrators.
  • The identity of each member state's representative and how to contact the representative directly.
  • A copy of the current request for proposals for conducting work in any one of the region's 14 areas of prime interest.
  • Western's annual operating plan for fiscal year 1998.
  • Publications including periodicals and technical reports. It is unlikely that archival publications will be available from the web site.
  • Postings of Western's meetings as well as those held by other entities.
  • Links to other biomass and bioenergy sites.

www.westbioenergy.org | Biomass home page | Ad Hoc Committee | Agricultural Resource Group | Publications | Annual Operating Plan | Biomass Links | Request for Proposals | Meetings | News

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1998 Project Proposals due January 15th

The RFP is no longer valid and is for reference only. Proposals are NOT being accepted at this time.

For 1998, the Western region plans on selecting up to $900,000 in bioenergy projects for funding. The deadline for submission of suggested projects is January 15, 1998. The typical maximum for specific projects is $75,000. Matching funds are required for all projects.

The goal of the projects selected will be to increase the production and use of biomass energy resources for economic development and environmental sustainability.

Related goals of the projects can include establishing biomass power as an economically credible and attractive option for the electric power industry and decreasing the reliance on imported fuels by the transportation sector.

Copies of the complete solicitation, including the application for funding, are available at http://www.westbioenergy.org or can be obtained from the administrative offices.

Questions or other inquiries related to the projects should be directed to 402-471-3218 or jgraef@mail.state.ne.us

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NU Students Compete in National Ethanol Vehicle Challenge

Nebraska Governor Nelson (second from left) congratulates NU team
Nebraska Governor Nelson (second from left) congratulates NU team. Joining the Governor are Associate Engineering Research Dean Samy Elias at left, mechanical engineering students and co-team leaders Frank Pruitt and Kevin Halvorsen and the team's co-faculty advisor, Associate Professor William Weins.

Nebraska Governor Nelson congratulates the NU team, along with Associate Engineering Research Dean Samy Elias at left, and the team's co-faculty advisor, Associate Professor William Weins.

The team included mechanical engineering students with co-team leaders Frank Pruitt and Kevin Halvorsen.

Revving up

1999 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge Engineering students across the nation will be revving up cars with fuel made from corn and other crops such as grain sorghum in a new vehicle competition.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and fourteen teams from 13 other colleges and universities will compete in the National Ethanol Vehicle Challenge being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

“The time is right for an Ethanol Challenge,” said Tom Gross from the U.S. Department of Energy. “Because ethanol can be made from crops grown in North America, it is truly an American fuel for American autos. This Challenge will not only build vehicles, but it will also help ‘build’ the engineers who will carry their knowledge and enthusiasm for ethanol throughout their engineering careers.”

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The students will convert a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu, originally powered by gasoline, to a vehicle fueled by 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, a fuel mixture commonly called E85. The goal of the contest is to run the car with the alternate fuel while meeting or beating the performance of conventional gasoline engines.

A 30-member team from the University of Nebraskafrom freshmen to graduate students will work on modifying their entry in the competition. The team plans to beat the gasoline engine’s performance by at least 25 percent by increasing the engine’s compression ratio and adding a turbocharger. The team may even change some of the engine's basics such as pistons and crankshafts.

During the week-long finals of the competition next May at the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, the vehicles will be put through a rigorous series of tests for emissions, acceleration, range, handling, energy efficiency, cold start capability, and a design report. After the tests, the teams will travel 600 miles to a Washington, DC, conference to demonstrate that ethanol vehicles are practical and reliable.

For more information about the National Ethanol Vehicle Challenge, contact Shelley Launey at 202-586-9815 or shelley.launey@hq.doe.gov or Carlos Buitrago at 630-252-7261 or carlos.buitrado@qmgate.anl.gov

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Governor Nelson Gets Ethanol Coalition Award

The 21-member Governors' Ethanol Coalition gave its first-ever special recognition for outstanding service award to Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson for his past efforts to expand the use of ethanol in the nation.

The award was presented by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Coalition's October meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Governors’ Ethanol Coalition has members from 20 states including Nebraska, the territory of Puerto Rico and two international members, Brazil and Sweden. Nelson was instrumental in the formation of the Coalition in the fall of 1991.

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Editors Note:

This is the fourth in a periodic series on energy events in Nebraska.

State's First Nuclear Plant Buried Near Lincoln

What is believed to be the largest tomb in Nebraska is located near Hallam, about 25 miles southwest of Lincoln.

The tomb holds the remains of the Hallam Nuclear Power Facility, a sodium-graphite nuclear power plant which operated briefly from 1962 to 1964. The power plant had been built and operated as a demonstration project by the Atomic Energy Commission and Consumers Public Power District, the predecessor to Nebraska Public Power District.

Hallam Nuclear Power Facility

Industrial Boom ?

When negotiations began in November 1955, residents of Hallam were hopeful that the atomic plant would reinvigorate the town. Construction of the power plant over a three-year period would employ 600-700 people. About 70 people would be needed when the plant began operating.

Local visionaries hoped the nuclear plant would lead to spin-off industries such as food processing by irradiation, insect and fungus control in agricultural products, and food sterilization.

The plant, the first of its kind in the nation, would be built on a section of land one mile north of Hallam. The cost of the nuclear portion of the plant was estimated to be $29 million.

The initial unit, Sheldon Station, had three major components: a conventional fossil-fueled boiler system, a nuclear reactor and a turbo-electric system which used steam from both the nuclear and fossil boilers.

A second turbo-generator was to be constructed and coupled with the conventional boiler after the nuclear power plant reached full operation.

The two electric units would produce 175,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough electricity for more than 81,000 residential customers for a year.

Festive Event in ’58

Thousands were on hand for the June 28, 1958, ground breaking. U.S. Senator Carl Curtis termed the plant “a great tribute to the foresight of many able Nebraskans.” C.C. Sheldon, dean of electric power in Nebraska, pondered the future when he said, “I just can't visualize what will come from this experience.”

By August 1961, the atomic plant was near completion and testing began shortly thereafter. The nuclear plant began operating in 1962 and was at full power by May 1963.

Electricity production, however, was short-lived. In 1964, the Atomic Energy Commission ordered the plant decommissioned because of a design flaw. The stainless steel skins of several of the plant's moderator elements had cracked, allowing sodium to come in contact with the graphite, halting the nuclear process.

By 1969, decommissioning and dismantling activities were completed. The Atomic Energy Commission retired the facility in 1971.

Down in the Ground

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy, successor to the Atomic Energy Commission, is responsible for the remaining buildings of the Hallam Nuclear Power Plant, but Nebraska Public Power District owns the facility.

There is no known environmental contamination at the site. In dismantling the reactor, its core, most of the radioactive materials and bulk sodium were removed from the site. All other potential contaminants were entombed and remain below ground. The entombment structure contains the reactor vessel, the guard vessel surrounding it and most of the internal parts of the vessel, stainless steel thimbles which contain process tubes, control rod tubes, dummy elements, and a spent neutron source. Twelve storage cells within the structure contain the damaged moderator elements.

90 More Years of Monitoring

Activities at Hallam now consist of semi-annual surveillance and monitoring by the federal Energy Department under an agreement with the Nebraska Department of Health. This monitoring will continue until 2090.

Geoscientists monitor wells around the entombed reactor for ground-water conditions and radiological contaminants. Annual cost of the surveillance is $23,000.

The 1955 hopes of Hallam residents were largely unrealized. Although the atomic power venture was a failure, electricity has been generated by conventional means at Sheldon Station since 1960. With a generating capacity of 229 megawatts, Sheldon continues as a major factor in Nebraska Public Power District's electric system.

Curiously, there may be some limited opportunities at the Hallam facility. A recent U.S. Department of Energy publication offered information on contracting opportunities at the facility near Hallam.

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Energy Director Takes on New Tasks

Bob Harris, the director of the state's Energy Office, began wearing two new hats this fall.

Federal Energy Secretary Frederico Peña appointed Harris to the 21-member State Energy Advisory Board which reviews the department's plans for energy programs at both the federal and state levels. The Board is comprised of energy and weatherization directors as well as other state officials and representatives.

In November, Harris also became the 1998 Chairman of the New Uses Council.

The Council is dedicated to expanding the development and commercialization of new industrial, energy, pharmaceutical and non-food uses of agricultural products from both traditional commodities and new crops.

These “new uses” represent growing and important value-added opportunities for agriculture and are based on providing competitive, environmentally-improved products made from renewable resources.

The Council was created in 1990 by agribusinesses, organizations and government agencies including several state ag departments.

The Council maintains a web site.

For more information about the New Uses Council or to become a Council member, contact Bob Harris in the Energy Office or Jonathon Harsch, P.O. Box 144, Jamestown, RI 92835-0144; phone 401-423-0862.

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Latest in Motor Technology Coming in May

The second nationwide broadcast of state-of-the-art motor system technologies and maintenance strategies will be televised next May.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Motor Challenge effort, the upcoming teleconference will feature industry accomplishments, interviews with experts in the field and tools and resources for evaluating industrial motor driven system operations.

The one-and-a-half hour broadcast will be followed by a session where viewers can ask the experts questions about particular concerns or areas of interest.

Making Arrangements

To sponsor a local or regional viewing site, there are just a few things interested parties need to do. First, contact Julia Oliver at 510-637-1952 or by email at julia@oak.doe.gov. Julia can provide more specifics about the teleconference.

Second, locate facilities in your area capable of receiving the broadcast. In many communities, the receivers may be located in libraries, schools, colleges, universities, city halls, hospitals and county extension offices. Once you find the nearest facility, see if it can be reserved in May for the Motor Challenge Teleconference.

Once the arrangements have been made, you might want to contact your utility and local development organization to see if others might be interested in attending the teleconference.

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The Nebraska Energy Quarterly features questions asked about 6% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans. Loan forms may be obtained from participating lenders or the Energy Office.

Loan forms may be obtained from participating lenders or the Energy Office.

Questions and Answers...

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6% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans

Are low-interest loans always available to finance improvements?

To date, the state of Nebraska has invested $20 million more than 40 percent of all the oil overcharge funds received in low-interest loans for energy saving improvements.

This $20 million continually revolves. Borrowers send loan payments to their lenders, who in turn, submit a portion of those payments to the Energy Office, usually quarterly. The repayments to the Energy Office are then invested in loans to new borrowers.

If the $20 million did not revolve, the Energy Office would not have been able to finance $85 million in improvements in the past seven years.

Strong demand for these loans, especially in the spring and fall, can create periods when the Energy Office has no money for new loans. Generally, these periods are temporary and clear up in fewer than 30 days.

Unfortunately, during these periods, loan applicants cannot proceed with their improvement projects. If the loan applicant cannot wait, the project must be financed with a conventional loan or with the applicant's own funds. The only exceptions to this policy are for emergency approval for a furnace replacement during the winter or an air conditioner installation for medical reasons during the summer.

Can Nebraska businesses that have more than 25 employees or more than $2.5 million in annual sales obtain a Dollar and Energy Saving Loan?

Some businesses previously unable to obtain these loans may now do so. Manufacturers can become Climate Wise partners. Climate Wise is a voluntary local / state / federal effort to reduce energy use and prevent pollution. Other types of businesses can become Rebuild Nebraska partners. Both types of partners can obtain Dollar and Energy Saving Loans for energy efficiency and waste reduction projects after an agreement and plan have been submitted.

Can Dollar and Energy Saving Loans finance siding and roof repairs on homes?

Neither siding or roofs on homes, in themselves, can be financed with the Energy Office's loans. However, either of these improvements can be included in an insulation project if a required level of insulation is added to the wall (for siding) or the attic (for a roof).

If R-10 or more insulation is being added to an exterior wall and the siding is necessary to protect the insulation from weather damage, then siding can be included with the insulation project.

If R-30 or more insulation is being added to a ceiling or attic and the existing roof needs to be repaired or replaced to protect the new insulation, then the roofing costs can be included with the insulation project. If the roof is not currently leaking, then the roofing project cannot be financed by the Energy Office. Any insurance payments received by the borrower for roof repairs must be deducted from the cost of the project.

If only insulation is being added to a building, then just Form 2 needs to be completed. If a siding or roofing project is included, then Form 2 plus Form 2 Siding or Form 2 Roofing must be submitted.

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Information Services and Resources

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The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse provides fact sheets, brochures, videos and publications on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse,
P.O. Box 3048,
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Phone between 7am-4pm CT,
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Internet: EERE Factsheets

The Clearinghouse has a series of new materials available free of charge:

  • Renewable Energy: An Overview
  • Landscaping for an Energy Efficient Home
  • Energy Saving Tips
  • Making Energy Smart Purchases
  • Sustainable Development News
  • Energy Education Materials for Elementary, Middle and High School Students
  • Energy management in the Home
  • Hands on Solution to Increase Productivity for Small Businesses
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The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy or EERE is a gateway to energy efficiency and renewable energy information sources. Internet: EERE

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Ongoing


Mission

“The mission of the Nebraska Energy Office is to promote the efficient, economic and environmentally responsible use of energy.”

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Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, the state will provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities.

If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any program or activity listed in this publication, please contact the Energy Office at 402-471-2186 to coordinate arrangements. Upon request, this publication may be available in alternative formats.

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U.S. DOE Grant

This material was prepared with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-FG47-92CE60410. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of DOE.

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