June 2004
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In the Final Days of the Legislature...
Nebraska Upgrades to 2003 International Energy Conservation Code
In the final days of the 2004 Nebraska Legislature, the senators adopted the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code as the new Nebraska Energy Code. The 2003 IECC replaces the 1983 Model Energy Code which was the building code used for the past 20 years. The effective date for the changeover is July 1, 2005.  The Nebraska Energy Office is required to provide training for codes officials, builders and others as needed.
GRANT LINKS
  • U.S.D.A./Nebraska Grant Update www.nol.org/home/ NEO/neq_online/june2004/ june2004.02a.htm
  • 2002 Farm Bill: News and updates are available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd
    /farmbill/latest.html
  • Information about additional energy grants provided for by the Farm Bill and about USDA's energy policy can be found at www.usda.gov/farmbill/ and www.usda.gov/energy/, respectively.
  • Notice of Financial Award application process, requirements and state contacts are available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd/nofas/ 2003/rep040803.txt
  • Forms needed to apply for Section 9006 grants and other information are available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ rbs/farmbill/9006form.htm
  • Windustry offers information and updates for farmers interested in wind power at www.windustry.org/farmer /default.htm
  • July 19th Deadline...
    USDA Farm Bill Provides Funding for Farm and Ranch Wind Projects
    Jess Algers hasn't paid his electric bill since October 2003. And he couldn't be happier about it.
    Algers, a farmer and rancher from Stanford, Montana, hasn't paid his electric bill since he installed a grid-tied Bergey 10- kilowatt wind turbine. He now produces more power than he uses, so his electric meter runs backward. “The wind is free, so why not use it?” Algers said.

    • The Upper Midwest is a Model...
      State Options for Community Wind Power Development
      A new case study, A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development, describes various policies and incentives that states are using to support community wind power development. These are projects consisting of one or more locally owned, utility-scale wind turbines interconnected on either the customer or utility side of the meter. The study also details how state and federal support influences the types of projects that are developed....


    • Operational by Fall 2005...
      New 60 Megawatt Wind Facility Approved
      Four public power utilities will join the Nebraska Public Power District in the development of a wind power facility near Ainsworth that will generate 60 megawatts of electricity. NPPD's board approved a 60-megawatt, wind-turbine facility with the option to increase the project up to a maximum of 75 megawatts, if other participants can be found for the additional project capacity.

    Gasoline and Diesel Prices Set Records
    Since January, gasoline and diesel prices have risen dramatically. During the spring, new price records were established across the state for both fuels. Prices for gasoline are averaging about 50 cents a gallon higher this year than last. Diesel prices are up about 30 cents a gallon over last year. Economists estimate that...

    Updates and More...
    The Ever Changing Energy Statistical Database
    There's one thing certain about a database: it's never static, but continually changing. That's a good description of the state's energy statistics database. Under a broad mandate from the Legislature to compile and maintain a database on how energy is used and what the state's needs are, the Energy Office staff continue to revise...

    Free Home Weatherization Services...
    Income Eligibility Levels Change
    Like the cranes returning to the Platte River, each year the income level of those eligible to receive home weatherization services changes. This year, the annual income level for a single person household rose from $11,075 to $11,638. For a family of four, the annual income level changed...

    Underground Savings...
    State and Utility Partnership Makes Geothermal Fly at Offutt Air Force Base
    Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska, like many Department of Defense installations, is in the process of substantially upgrading facilities. When faced with the need to upgrade heating and cooling systems in dormitories, it formed a partnership with its electric utility, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), and the Nebraska State Energy Office...

    Issues in New Construction...
    Elements of an Energy Efficient House
    With the latest addition, an even dozen factsheets are now available that address various aspects of new construction. The most recent factsheet produced, Elements of an Energy Efficient House, provides a basic overview of elements to consider...

    Questions and Answers...
    5% Dollar and Energy Saving Loans
    How can information be obtained on Dollar and Energy Saving Loans?...

    Things Are Always Changing...
    A Roundup of New and Updated Web Sites
    The world of the Internet is ever-changing. Here you will find new sites and others that have been upgraded: Energy Hog Helps Kids Find Energy Wasters at Home...

    State Energy Program
    The Nebraska Energy Quarterly is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy through the State Energy Program.
    The Energy Wiz answers your energy questions.
    In this issue, the Wiz answers questions about adding wind and solar energy features into your new home design.

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