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Grants $12.6 Million Sought for $8.63 in Funding...
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Are Popular
As of February 3, 2010, the deadline for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, 121 eligible cities and counties (16 First Class Cities, 26 Second Class Cities, 23 Villages and 37 Counties) applied for $12,604,637 in grants...
Wind Speeds at 80 Meters...
New Nebraska Wind Map Available
The Department of Energy's Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a new wind resource map for the state of Nebraska. The new wind resource map shows the predicted mean annual wind speeds at 80 meters...

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New Nebraska Wind Integration Study Released
In March 2010, the Nebraska Power Association published results of a year-long, statewide study, Nebraska Statewide Wind Integration Study Main Report, that determined various cost and operational impacts of adding large amounts of wind-powered generation to the state’s electric power grid.
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Webinars Help Nebraskans Understand Wind Issues
The Nebraska Energy Office has posted a series of webinars on wind energy to help people better understand the issues involved in generating electricity from wind in the state. The latest webinar from the University of Nebraska Lincoln Biological Systems Engineering Department webcast on Public Involvement and Land Issues Relating to Wind Projects was held December 18, 2009. In addition, the Energy Office lists many other wind-related webinars on its web site covering subjects such as...

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Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency Improvements
The Energy Office has a number of different resources that excel in providing the latest in federal tax credits or incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Some resources do a better job in areas than others.

$2.92 a Gallon for Gasoline...
Summer Fuel Price Projections
On April 6, 2010 the U.S. Energy Information Administration released the April Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook on fuel price projections through December 2011:

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Using Energy Wisely on the Farm and Ranch
There’s no avoiding this reality in farming: Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. In fact in 2006 direct energy expenitures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures. An earlier USDA study found that nearly half the cost of production was for spent for energy.

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  • Nebraska Energy Office 2009 Annual Report Available
    The Nebraska Energy Office issued its Annual Report for 2009 on February 12, 2010. The report, mandated by legislative decree, is due every year by February 15th to the Clerk of the Legislature. The Report gives an account of state energy use and trends....

  • University of Nebraska Institute Issues Energy Report
    In February 2010, the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources issued a publication titled At Work For Nebraska, A Report to our Partners...

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gives Green Home Tips
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a new web site to assist homeowners, buyers, and renters in finding and maintaining a green home. The Green Homes site,, pinpoints places where residents can reduce energy waste through efficient energy and water usage, renewable energy, green home building materials...

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