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Charting Nebraska’s Biomass Energy Future
Nebraska has become a national leader in ethanol production. Now, we need to build on that success and find ways to achieve similar success in using the state’s other biomass resources — soybeans, and landfill and feedlot waste. Nebraska has extraordinary potential, but targeting future efforts is needed.
building eficient homesFirst Year Savings of $48-$124 Projected...
New Nebraska Energy Code Now in Effect
Last year, the Legislature adopted the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code as the Nebraska Energy Code. The Nebraska Energy Code will apply to all buildings — including homes — on which construction is initiated on or after July 1, 2005.
wind turbinesFive New Ones...
The Most Definitive Nebraska Wind Maps in Years
The first new Nebraska wind speed maps in more than a decade are now available online. These MesoMap system-based maps are created from an integrated set of atmospheric simulation models, databases and computer and storage systems.
home energy savingsTips to Cut Your Summer Utility Bills...
Energy-Saving Tips to Cut Summer Cooling Bills
Summer is here, and with many parts of the country already experiencing hot days, the Department of Energy is offering easy tips to save money and energy while keeping cool. By following a few common sense guidelines, you can cut your summer energy bills...
ag landGetting the Most for Your Money...
Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. Several articles and factsheets on solar energy have been produced recently that provide helpful suggestions on ways to reduce energy use in irrigation, in buildings, in the field and on the range. Two articles from western publications also highlight the potential for biodiesel production.
An Economist Takes a Look...
Energy Efficiency Continues to be a Major Force in the Economy
Hidden within the June 2005 Short Term Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Administration are data suggesting that gains in energy efficiency continue to power much of the nation's economy over the past decade or so.
propane tankA Look Back...
Propane and Heating Oil Prices Soared
Since 2002, the Energy Office has participated in the State Heating Oil and Propane Program, a residential price survey. The survey for this heating season began on October 4, 2004, and concluded March 14, 2005.
Each year, the Energy Information Administration provides a list of residential propane and heating oil distributors. Survey results were transmitted back to the Energy Information Administration and was...
semi truckA Record-Setting Year...
Good News Scarce on Diesel Prices
The state’s farmers will be paying significantly more to raise corn and soybeans this year because of the increase in diesel fuel prices. Kansas State Research Extension economists have determined that producers’ whole-farm fuel costs are almost entirely determined by fuel prices, i.e. farmers do not drastically alter their fuel consumption from year to year, based on the price of diesel.
Drilling Through the Data......
What in the World is a Degree Day?
Scientific fields are awash in arcane jargon. The world of energy data is no different. One key term — degree days — is a measurement for comparing relative warmth and cold between years and among regions.
state energy stats Things 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 updated:
State Energy Efficiency Data Is Just a Click Away, Transportation Fuel Fact Sheets, Resources for Teachers, Having Fun With a Carbon Calculator, The Smart Communities Network and more...
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Q: Do renewable energy projects, such as solar panels for water well qualify for low-interest loans?...
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