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Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy

Planning & Aid Division

Nebraska Local Energy Assurance Workshops

An Opportunity for Local Officials

Nebraska Energy Office

245 Fallbrook Blvd, Suite 100

P.O. Box 95085|Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone (402) 471-2186|Fax (402) 471-3064

Local Energy Assurance Workshops

The Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, offered two free Energy Assurance workshops to local officials. The workshops, held in Columbus and Ogallala, provided information and resources to community officials on planning and managing operations during an energy emergency.

Each workshop covered topics such as:

  • Natural gas, propane, motor fuels and electricity supply chain interruptions — fuel storage and shut off issues/supply interruptions and responses
  • Renewable energy and distributed generation — wind and community solar
  • How to involve various local government stakeholders and how to champion the Energy Assurance planning process
  • Long-term strategies for your communities and counties and funding resources

See the printable Local Energy Assurance Workshop Agenda for more details.

Local Energy Assurance Workshop Locations

Ogallala Workshop

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Quality Inn

201 Chuckwagon Road,

Ogallala, NE

Columbus Workshop

Thursday June 13, 2019


2804 13th Street,

Columbus, NE

Attendees were reimbursed for their mileage. One night's lodging was paid for by the Nebraska Local Energy Assurance grant.

This material was prepared with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-FOA-0007483. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of DOE.

Nebraska Local Energy Assurance Planning Workshop Agenda & Presentations

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jim Macy, Director, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and, Interim Director, Nebraska Energy Office

Patrick Rooney, Planning Specialist, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

10:30 a.m.

Natural Gas Emergency Response — Black Hills Energy (pdf)

Melissa Garcia, Community Affairs Manager, speaking in Ogallala

Justin Gould, Sr. Manager of Operations for the Central Nebraska Region, speaking in Ogallala

Joshua Schmeits, Compliance Coordinator, speaking in Ogallala

Brandy Johnson, Regional Manager-Community Affairs, speaking in Columbus

Danny Willets, Operations Supervisor, speaking in Columbus

Tom Dorshorst, Compliance Specialist, speaking in Columbus

12:00 noon Lunch

Sponsored by Black Hills Energy

2:15 p.m. Electricity Infrastructure and Assurance

Nebraska Public Power District (pdf)

Scott Walz, Transmission & Distribution Construction and Maintenance Manager, Nebraska Public Power District

Dawson Public Power District (pdf)

Bobby Johnson, Energy Services Specialist, Dawson Public Power District, speaking in Ogallala

Cole Brodine, Manager of Engineering, Dawson Public Power District, speaking in Ogallala

Cornhusker Public Power District (pdf)

Bobby Jones, Engineering Planning Director, Cornhusker Public Power District

3:15 p.m. Long-Term Strategies for Your Communities and Counties

Jeffrey R. Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Carla E. Isom-Thorpe, M.P.A.

Aaron Miller, Energy Program Administrator, Nebraska Energy Office

3:45 p.m. Summary and Next Steps

Joe Francis, Interim Associate Director, Nebraska Energy Office

Patrick Rooney, Planning Specialist, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

4:00 p.m. Reimbursement Forms and Adjourn

Doris Jansky, Emergency Support Function Coordinator for ESF #12 – Energy, Nebraska Energy Office

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Nebraska Emergency Management Administration logo

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Doris Jansky

Nebraska Energy Office

245 Fallbrook Blvd, Suite 100

Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-471-3538

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Ed Holbrook

Nebraska Energy Office

245 Fallbrook Blvd, Suite 100

Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-471-3356