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Weatherization Assistance Program...
43 Homes Weatherized at Cedar Apartments in Ogallala
Cedar Apartments in Ogallala are more energy efficient thanks to free weatherization services from Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska and the Nebraska Energy Office.


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants...
Window/Door Project Brings Large Improvement to Greeley County Courthouse
The Greeley Courthouse County window project is nearing completion. The +$100,000 project involves the replacement of all of the windows in the 1913 constructed building, along with two doors. The majority of the money for the project was secured through an energy conservation grant via the State of Nebraska.
Dignitaries Help Light Up the Night in Superior
Around two dozen people gathered in front of the Vestey Center Friday evening for a celebration of the recent installation of new energy-saving LED street lights. The crowd began arriving around 6 p.m. to visit with each other...

State Energy Program...
Energy Grant Helps Upgrade Mid-Plains Community College Buildings
Mid-Plains Community College is nearing completion on upgrades to the mechanical system at the McDonald- Belton building on North Platte Community College's South Campus. A total of six projects involving repair or renovation the college's 37-year-old heating and cooling system were paid for...
Nebraska's First Wind Facility Coming Back to Life with New Direct-Drive Turbines at Springview
Four years after the turbines at Nebraska's original wind farm were taken down, two new, direct-drive wind turbines now rise above the skyline west of the community at the Springview II Wind Facility. An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new turbines was held on Friday, July 29.
AGP Corn Processing is Saving Natural Gas
A 52 million gallons per year ethanol plant in Hastings, Neb., recently received a $275,000 grant from the Nebraska Energy Office. AGP Corn Processing will use the money, plus $50,000 of its own matching funds for a project that will offset a portion of the plant's natural gas usage.

News From Nebraska and Beyond

Nebraska Energy Office Provides $1.9 Million...
Nebraska Community Colleges Launch Renewable Energy Courses
Nebraska’s Community Colleges now offer programs in renewable energy technologies — wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biofuels.  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 grants from the Nebraska Energy Office to six community college systems, the colleges have added coursework and training equipment across the state to prepare students for careers in renewable energy fields.

Grant to Accelerate Use of Energy Efficient Technologies...
Energy Office Gets $186,200 Grant for UNL Extension Partnership
The Nebraska Energy Office was awarded up to $186,195 by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension to accelerate the use of energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies for homes, business, farms and ranches through...

Energy Code Training for Builders, Architects and Engineers...
Energy Office Holds Workshops
The Nebraska Energy Office offered eleven free training opportunities in Nebraska from February 22 to June 15, 2011. The workshops were presented by the International Code Council and focused on concepts of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.

2.5 Percent Construction Loans and Reduced Rate Mortgages...
ENERGY STAR® 5 Star Plus Homes
The Nebraska Energy Office in Lincoln is offering 2.5 percent Dollar and Energy Saving Loans through eligible Nebraska lenders for the construction of single family, detached ENERGY STAR® Five Star Plus homes.

A New Version...
U.S. Department of Energy Releases EnergyPlus Modeling Software
The U.S. Department of Energy released the latest version of its building energy modeling software EnergyPlus, which calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building.


Wind Energy
4th Annual Event...
60 Sessions at 2011 Wind Conference
Wind Power 2011, the fourth annual wind conference sponsored by the Nebraska Wind Working Group with support from the Nebraska Energy Office, was held November 15th and 16th in Kearney.

Agriculture Energy
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 fact in 2006, direct energy expenditures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures.

Bursts of Energy
Bursts of Energy...
Biomass Energy Activity "Find the Food Chain"

The Biomass Educational activity called "Find the Food Chain" is written for kids in grades K through 3rd.    During this activity students will learn the interdependence of producers (sun and soil) and consumers (animals and humans) in a food chain.  The class will talk about the sun and how plants grow.

News Bytes
OPPD Moves to Buy Additional Wind Power; Expects Costs to Rise in 2013
The Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska said it passed the halfway mark to meeting its renewable energy goal on May 18, when the OPPD board of directors authorized the utility to complete an agreement to purchase 45 megawatts of wind-generated electricity from a facility to be built near Broken Bow...

University of Nebraska Lincoln selected for home energy efficiency research partnership
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers and architects, partnering with University of Florida researchers, Nebraska home builders, remodelers, and other businesses are doing research to develop and improve technologies for making homes more energy efficient...

BioTrucker.com Helps Truck Drivers Find Biodiesel Across the Country
Over-the-road truck drivers have used biodiesel for years to help them fight pollution and improve engine performance in the process...

DOE and EPA Release 2012 Annual Fuel Economy Guide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2012 vehicles. Choosing the most fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution.

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     The Energy Wiz Answers Your Questions
     In this issue, the Wiz answers questions about building energy efficient homes.

Dear Wiz,   I am in the process of preparing to build a home and would like to make it as energy efficient as possible and might include the capability for future wind/solar production...
Dear Wiz,   As a designer of all types of homes I would like to know what guidelines to follow in designing a new home so it will qualify for the ENERGY STAR® rating...


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