the Final Days of the Legislature...
Nebraska Upgrades to 2003 International Energy Conservation Code
In the final days of the 2004 Nebraska Legislature, the senators adopted the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code as the new Nebraska Energy Code. The 2003 IECC replaces the 1983 Model Energy Code which was the building code used for the past 20 years. The effective date for the changeover is July 1, 2005. The Nebraska Energy Office is required to provide training for codes officials, builders and others as needed.
U.S.D.A./Nebraska Grant Update
Bill: News and updates are available at
about additional energy grants provided for by the Farm Bill
and about USDA's energy policy can be found at
Financial Award application process, requirements and state
contacts are available at
to apply for Section 9006 grants and other information are
offers information and updates for farmers interested in wind
July 19th Deadline...
USDA Farm Bill Provides Funding for Farm and Ranch Wind Projects
Jess Algers hasn't paid his electric bill since October 2003. And he couldn't be happier about it.
Algers, a farmer and rancher from Stanford, Montana, hasn't paid
his electric bill since he installed
a grid-tied Bergey 10- kilowatt wind turbine. He now produces
more power than he uses, so his electric meter runs backward.
The wind is free, so why not use it? Algers said.
Upper Midwest is a Model...
for Community Wind Power Development
A new case study, A Survey of State Support for Community Wind
Power Development, describes various policies and incentives
that states are using to support community wind power development.
These are projects consisting of one or more locally owned,
utility-scale wind turbines interconnected on either the customer
or utility side of the meter. The study also details how state
and federal support influences the types of projects that are
by Fall 2005...
Megawatt Wind Facility Approved
Four public power utilities will join the Nebraska Public Power
District in the development of a wind power facility near Ainsworth that will generate 60 megawatts of electricity. NPPD's board approved a 60-megawatt, wind-turbine facility with the option to increase the project up to a maximum of 75 megawatts, if other participants can be found for the additional project capacity.
Gasoline and Diesel Prices Set Records
Since January, gasoline and diesel prices have risen dramatically. During the spring, new price records were established across the state for both fuels. Prices for gasoline are averaging about 50 cents a gallon higher this year than last. Diesel prices are up about 30 cents a gallon over last year. Economists estimate that...
Updates and More...
The Ever Changing Energy Statistical Database
There's one thing certain about a database: it's never static, but continually changing. That's a good description of the state's energy statistics database. Under a broad mandate from the Legislature to compile and maintain a database on how energy is used and what the state's needs are, the Energy Office staff continue to revise...
Free Home Weatherization Services...
Income Eligibility Levels Change
Like the cranes returning to the Platte River, each year the income level of those eligible to receive home weatherization services changes. This year, the annual income level for a single person household rose from $11,075 to $11,638. For a family of four, the annual income level changed...
State and Utility Partnership Makes Geothermal Fly at Offutt Air Force Base
Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska, like many Department of Defense installations, is in the process of substantially upgrading facilities. When faced with the need to upgrade heating and cooling systems in dormitories, it formed a partnership with its electric utility, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), and the Nebraska State Energy Office...
Issues in New Construction...
Elements of an Energy Efficient House
With the latest addition, an even dozen factsheets are now available that address various aspects of new construction. The most recent factsheet produced, Elements of an Energy Efficient House, provides a basic overview of elements to consider...
Dollar and Energy Saving Loans
How can information
be obtained on Dollar and Energy Saving Loans?...
Are Always Changing...
A Roundup of New and Updated Web Sites
The world of the Internet is ever-changing. Here you will find new sites and others that have been upgraded: Energy Hog Helps Kids Find Energy Wasters at Home...