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June 2015
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Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Changes Could Damage Nebraska’s Economy...
Governor Ricketts and Ethanol Advocates Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska ethanol industry leaders commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed change that would slash billions of gallons of ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard.

New WIND Tool for Utilities...
Webinar July 14, 2015: Wind Integration National Dataset Toolkit
For utility companies, grid operators, and other stakeholders interested in wind energy integration, collecting large quantities of high-quality data on wind energy resources is vital to project development plans. However, time constraints, budget constraints, or technical expertise often limit data-collecting efforts.

Changes in Tax Codes...
IRS Issues New Guidance for Small Wind Turbines to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines — defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW — in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit.

From Federal Energy Department...
Energy Department Helps Cities, Counties Evaluate and Improve Building Energy Performance
Many states, counties, and cities are implementing their own building energy benchmarking and transparency policies to improve ways owners, tenants and others can access a building's energy use. These policies vary but the main goal is to increase the awareness of energy usage to encourage businesses and communities to save energy.

Getting the Most Out of Your Energy Costs...
How to Pick your Light Bulbs for Energy Efficiency
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) come in all sorts of colors, which is not necessarily a good thing! When you go shopping for a light bulb, a good recommendation is to look for bulbs that list the CRI, which is the Color Rendering Index.

New Legislation Affecting Energy Issues...
2015 Legislative Session Review
There were several bills dealing with energy issues during this year’s legislative session. Two of them directly involve the Nebraska Energy Office. The Clean-burning Motor Fuel Development Fund was created in Legislative Bill 581, and will be used to provide rebates on qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel conversions and property purchases.
Energy Statistics Updates Agriculture and Energy In the Classroom
Nebraska Energy Prices, Consumption, Expenditures and More...
Latest Energy Information
One of the required duties of the Energy Office is to “develop and maintain a program of collection, compilation, and analysis of energy statistics.” Continuously throughout the year, data series are updated as new information becomes available.
Getting the Most from Your Energy Dollar...
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 2006, direct energy expenditures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures.
Bursts of Energy...
Trash to Energy

Students will investigate how biomass, recovered from trash, can be used as an energy source.
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