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Letter of Intent Deadline: September 3, 2009...
Nebraska Energy Office Solicits Advanced Renewable Energy Project Ideas for $5 Million in Grant Funds
The Nebraska Energy Office is offering funding opportunities for Nebraskans to apply for up to $5 million in grants for Advanced Renewable Energy Projects under the State Energy Programís plan for use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds...
Advanced Renewable Energy Project Grant Solicitation Questions and Answers

2.5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans Now Available for Energy Efficiency Projects up to $750,000
On August 19, 2009, the Nebraska Energy Office announced the availability of 2.5% Dollar and Energy Saving loans of up to $750,000 for commercial and industrial – including educational – sector energy efficiency building improvements.  The $11 million in funds for these loans comes from a portion of the $30.9 million received by Nebraska under the State Energy Program in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Income Guidelines Rise…
State Weatherization Program to Receive More than $41.6 Million
In June 2009, Nebraska received a total of $41,644,458 for three years under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide free home weatherization services such as insulation and furnace replacements for eligible Nebraskans.
Up to $75,000...
2.5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans for Wind, Solar and Fuel Cell Projects
Nebraskans may now apply for low interest loans to purchase new wind, solar and fuel cell equipment. Applications are being accepted for purchase and installation of complete fuel cell, wind, solar hot water or photovoltaic systems. Projects may include all equipment, labor and other installation costs. Loan limits, except for solar hot water systems, are $14,000 for the first kW on systems 10 kW and smaller, $21,000 for the first kW on systems larger than 10 kW, to include grid tie equipment....
From Nebraska Public Power District and the Nebraska Energy Office...
NPPD Customers are Eligible for 2.5% Loans for Heat Pumps
Beginning April 1, 2009, 2.5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans became available `to customers in the Nebraska Public Power Districtís service areas who are Nebraska residents and will be making the qualifying improvements on property located in Nebraska. Customers may apply for a 2.5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loan through Nebraska lenders for air source and ground water or ground coupled heat pumps...
Federal Tax Credit Program Will Increase Economic Development, Promote Manufacturing of Clean Energy Equipment...
U.S. Department of Energy Announces More Than $2 Billion in Recovery Act Tax Credits for Energy Manufacturers
August 13, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a program to award $2.3 billion in tax credits for manufacturers of advanced energy equipment. Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this new program will provide tax credits to manufacturers who produce clean energy equipment...
Recovery Act funding for State Planning and Energy Assurance...
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $363,635 for State Energy Emergency Preparedness
As part of its efforts to improve the nation’s energy security and electricity reliability, the on August 12, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Nebraska Energy Office $363,635 to hire or retrain staff and expand state-level capacities to address challenges to the country’s energy systems, including emergency situations such as blackouts, ice storms, and disruptions to heating supplies...
wind turbines Wind Tour Starts August 25thÖ
Public Forums on Wind Energy
Join the American Wind Energy Association for refreshments and an open forum discussion on the future of wind energy development in Nebraska August 25 – 27, 2009.
  • What opportunities for jobs and education will come as a result of this growing industry?
  • What can local community leaders do to reach the 20 percent wind energy by 2030 vision?
  • What role can landowners and local business professionals play in wind energy development?

wind power 2009 November 9th and 10th…
Second Annual Wind Conference Comes to Kearney
The Nebraska Wind Working Group will host the second annual Wind Power Conference at the Kearney Holiday Inn and Convention Center November 9-10, 2009.  The conference will feature nationally known wind experts and sessions on a wide range of wind related topics including:  landowner rights, transmission, project siting, county planning and zoning, economic development benefits, small wind challenges, state and federal policy updates. Registration will be limited to the first 650 participants.  Registration at the door as space permits. 


wind power 2009 Renewables on the Rise
OPPD Substantially Increases Goals for Renewable Energy
The Omaha Public Power District announced a major initiative to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy used to generate electricity to serve its customers.


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 in 2005 in Nebraska, ag expenditures rose 10 percent above 2004 costs according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Dollar and Energy Saving LoansQuestions and Answers...
5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans

Q:  I was wondering if industrial technologies such as variable frequency drives qualify for and Dollar and Energy Saving Loan? We have a range of clients that should be retrofitting their equipment with this technology, however the capital equipment outlay is an obvious road block. Most of the projects we encounter would have a payback period of between 2 and 7 years...

Q:  Are loans available for wind energy projects? We own a Bed and Breakfast and would like to purchase a small residential size wind turbine.

 

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