A Roundup of New and Updated Web Sites
The world of the Internet is ever-changing.  Here are a some new sites and others that have been upgraded:
fuel economy guide cover 2005 Fuel Economy Guide
This annual review by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency provides fuel consumption and other information for consumers interested in purchasing new vehicles.
    Clean Green Driving Machinehybrid electric/gas car
The Environmental Protection Agency has also added 2005 model year vehicles to its Green Vehicle Guide to give consumers information on fuel economy and automotive emissions. Using this Guide, consumers can find the cleanest running and most fuel efficient vehicle that meets their needs.

Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten energy educationThrough 12th Grade
This is the 16th annual edition of this 152-page guidebook. Energy Education Resources lists public and private organizations that offer free or inexpensive materials dealing with energy matters. A web-based version of the Resource guide is also available.

Omaha Public Power District Outages OPPD map
The Omaha-based electricity utility is now mapping all power outages in its service territory and updating that information every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Customized maps of Douglas and Sarpy counties as well as the utility’s entire service territory are available. By dragging a cursor over the map, different ZIP code areas are highlighted and the percentage of customers without power is provided.

Nebraska Power Review Board Conditions Certain Report
Nebraska Power Review Board’s LB901  Conditions Certain” Report 2004 was released in October. The “Conditions Certain” power review board logoreport is the fourth since the passage of LB 901 that required an annual assessment of the state of electric restructuring activity in the region and its potential impact on the publicly owned electric systems in Nebraska.

The latest report found that development of regional transmission organizations remains unsettled, and that nearly all Nebraska utilities remain a part of the original Mid-Continent Power Pool. Whether the development of energy markets in the Midwest will be economically beneficial or increase costs remains unknown until the markets actually develop.

While Nebraska utilities continue to plan and upgrade their transmission systems, there is not adequate regional transmission capacity to support all the desired regional wholesale energy transactions.
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