OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
P.O. Box 94848
Phone: (402) 471-2244
The Energy Office, as
detailed in this Annual Report, performs a surprising array of activities that
lessens our citizens' reliance on fossil fuels today and tomorrow.
The Energy Office
reached a number of milestones in the 1998-1999 fiscal year:
- The agency financed
its 15,000th residential home improvement project during the reporting period.
Since 1990, the agency has helped finance more than $81.8 million worth of
residential energy efficiency improvements for Nebraskans. These improvements
- primarily new furnaces, air-conditioners, windows, siding, roofs and
insulation - have been financed with $39.4 million in oil overcharge trust
funds and loan repayments and $42.3 million from the state's banks, savings
and loans, credit unions and borrowers. In 1999 alone, the agency financed
1,109 projects totaling more than $10.7 million. Looking at Dollar and Energy
Saving Loans made to date from a geographic perspective, almost 75 percent of
the dollars financed projects outside Lincoln and Omaha.
- Twenty years have
elapsed since the agency weatherized the first home of a low income Nebraskan.
In December 1999, the agency weatherized its 50,000th home - which belongs to
a disabled, elderly Nebraskan in Trenton. Since 1979, $73.81 million has been
spent on this federally-funded effort. Geographically, 63 percent of the homes
receiving weatherization improvements were located outside the metropolitan
areas of the state.
- The agency's
leading building efficiency initiative, Rebuild Nebraska, is a partnership
with two of the state's largest utilities and community leaders. Over the past
two years, the agency has re-focused the effort to maximize efficiency through
a community-based approach. During the last year, Rebuild activities were
concentrated in Fillmore and Otoe counties, Wayne, Alliance and Geneva.
The agency continues
to provide support for the state's efforts to increase production and use of
ethanol within Nebraska and elsewhere.
A complete review of
the agency's activities, past and current energy trends and relevant Nebraska
energy use statistics can be found in this Annual Report. It is with pleasure
that I present it to you.