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Information on USDA Grants and More at February 15 Conference
A February conference in Lincoln, “Funding the Future of Renewable Energy,” will provide technical expertise on renewable energy with a goal of increasing the amount of energy produced from renewable resources in the state. Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development, will keynote the event...

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Don’t Forget About Tax Credits for Energy Saving Purchases
With April 15th approaching, don’t overlook an array of tax credits for energy efficient home improvements made in 2006 or gas stingy vehicles purchased. There are a variety of resources that provide information on the various tax credits available.

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Nucor Energy Teams Tune Up After Department of Energy Assessment
Some of the 200 industrial plants that received a DOE Energy Saving Assessment in 2006 used it as a launching pad for their own energy efficiency programs, while some, like Nucor Bar Mill's Nebraska facility, consider it one more step on a long journey.
For County Officials...
A New Wind Energy Guide for Locals
The U.S. Department of Energy’s latest wind publication, Wind Energy Guide for County Commissioners, was released in December 2006. The Wind Energy Guide provides county commissioners, planners and other local county officials with a practical overview of information...
gas meters Handbooks for Builders and Buyers on Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort and Durability in Five Climate Regions
The series of Best Practices Handbooks help builders develop durable, electric meter comfortable homes that achieve 15 percent whole-house energy savings in five major United States climate regions is now available. The handbooks contain chapters for every member of the builder's team — from managers to site planners to designers, site supervisors, the trades as well as marketers.
Getting the Most from Your Energy Dollar...
Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. In fact, United States Department of Agriculture economists found nearly half the cost of production was being spent for energy because of rising energy costs.
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Keep Some Money in Your Wallet This Winter
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American family spends $1,900 a year on energy bills, much of which goes to heating and cooling homes. Consumers can save as much as 20 percent annually on total energy costs – and reduce their environmental impact – by following four simple recommendations from the government's Energy Star program.
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Q: What must be done to qualify for a Dollar and Energy Saving Loan when furnaces fail? Q: Who fills out the application forms for the Dollar and Energy Saving Loans? Q: I have a $12,500 energy loan for replacement windows from my local credit union. Is the interest that I pay on this loan tax deductible?
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  • Yahoo! Launches 'Green' Vehicle Web Site
    Yahoo! launched a "green" vehicle Web site that will allow visitors to the site to get unbiased data on hybrid and other eco-friendly vehicles.
  • The Skinny on Nebraska
    The Energy Information Administration’s Nebraska page lists these “Quick Facts:
    Nebraska ranks second among the states in ethanol production, after Iowa, Nebraska is one of the few states that allow the use of conventional gasoline statewide...
  • State Energy Profiles Get an Upgrade
    In December 2006, the Energy Information Administration released State Energy Profiles, a new gateway to the agency's State energy data index page, plus individual state profiles that present key facts and statistics about state energy markets and industries.
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