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May 2012
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State News ARRA logoEnergy Initiatives Under the Recovery Act
2011 Annual Report Now Online...
Nebraska's Latest Energy Use, Costs and More
The Nebraska Energy Office 2011 Annual Report contains the most recent data available for energy use and costs of energy in the state.  Some surprising facts found in the Nebraska energy scene for 2011...

New Technology Tested in Lincoln...
Wind-Powered Traffic Lights to Get Tested
A project headed by the University of Nebraska Lincoln Department of Engineering is researching if traffic lights could pay for themselves...

Omaha Public Power District...
Efforts Highlighted in New Sustainability Report
In 2012 Omaha Public Power District released its Sustainability Report 2011 outlining progress in the utility's renewable energy and sustainability programs.

Analysis of 2012 IECC...
New Study of Energy Building Codes in Nebraska
A new study released March 14, 2012 explores the impact of Energy Building Codes in Nebraska. Vandemusser Design released Energy Impact Study of the 2009 IECC and 2012 IECC: Energy Codes for Nebraska...
Avoca Home Receives Free Weatherization...
Southeast Nebraska Community Action Celebrates 300th Weatherized Home in Avoca
On May 10, 2012, Southeast Nebraska Community Action celebrated completion of the 300th home weatherized under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.  The Avoca home of Kathy Neumeister and her children received...

Northeast Community College instructor Kory Hildebrand, left, works with wind energy students on turbine blades last spring. The college plans to expand its technician program from a one-year to a two-year degree.
Photograph: Greg Latza, Sioux City Journal
State Energy Program...
Students Learn Renewable Energy Skills at Community Colleges
Southeast Community College in Milford is offering a new curriculum with a Recovery Act grant from the Nebraska Energy Office and donated labor from Nebraska Public Power District.  A 1.6 kilowatt wind turbine is atop a 45 foot tower that was erected on the west side of the Milford campus.

Great Plains Energy Codes Conference Agriculture Energy In the Classroom Wind
October 16 - 18 in Omaha...
2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes
The Nebraska Energy Office and its partners invite you to the 2012 Great Plains Energy Codes Conference, October 16-18, at the Marriott in Regency Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska.
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 2006, direct energy expenditures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures.
Bursts of Energy...
Wind Energy Activity "Weather Vanes"

In this mechanical energy activity students will learn to identify the direction from which the wind is blowing. When relying on wind to produce energy it is important to know the direction of the wind.
October 22-23 in Lincoln...
Fifth Annual Nebraska Wind Conference

The fifth Nebraska Wind Conference will be held October 22-23 in Lincoln at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, according to the Nebraska Wind Conference Committee.

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2009 IECC International Energy Conservation Code

The IECC Compliance Guide for Homes in Nebraska is a two-sided, laminated 8.5" x 11" reference card outlining the basic requirements of the Nebraska Energy Code
Federal Energy Department Announces Availability of Online Training Course on “Re-tuning” Commercial Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy announced on March 5, 2012, the availability of an online training course to help building owners, operators, contractors, and students “re-tune” commercial buildings. Building operators can re-tune their facilities...

Nebraska Ethanol Sales Top Ten Billion Gallons
According to the Energy Information Administration, 2011 U.S. ethanol production was 14.4 billion gallons.  The country's total annual motor fuel usage is around 134 billion gallons.  Ethanol accounts for 10.7 percent of total U.S supply.

Classroom Activities for Ages 8-12: Renewable Energy and Biodiesel Curriculum
The Biodiesel Education Program at the University of Idaho has created a seven-lesson curriculum to help kids ages 8-12 understand the concepts of energy and renewable energy.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches Renewable Energy Website
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the launch of a new energy website that will provide stakeholders fast and efficient access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data.  An interactive map shows where the USDA provides...

Loans for Energy Efficiency
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The Energy Wiz Answers Your Questions
Questions and Answers...
Dollar and Energy Saving Loans

     Q:  Part of our home renovation will include replacing three entry doors.  The brand I have been researching is Feather River doors.  However, I do not find the manufacturer for Feather River doors in the NFRC website directory.  Does this mean that Feather River doors do not qualify for the energy loan?  Or perhaps there is a different manufacturer...

     The Wiz Knows All!
     In this issue, the Wiz answers questions about building energy efficient homes.

Dear Wiz,   I have been reading an article titled, "Measure your energy costs and add up the savings" found in Mother Earth News. They recommend energy audit tests.

Dear Wiz,   I've insulated our home's garage, empty crawl spaces and attic, installed a new energy efficient heating and cooling system in my home with a heat pump replacing my 20 year old system and had all my windows...


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