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$11 Million Available...
Up to $750,000 Dollar and Energy Saving Loans at 2.5%
In August 2009, the Nebraska Energy Office began offering 2.5% loans for energy efficiency projects in Nebraska.  Loans of up to $750,000 may be used for Nebraska commercial businesses...
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants...
Nebraska Energy Office Applies for $9.593 Million
In June 2009, the Nebraska Energy Office submitted its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant application for $9.593 million in funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009...

4,000 Homes to be Weatherized…
Nebraska Energy Office Weatherization Plan Approved
More Nebraska homeowners and renters may be eligible to receive free home weatherization services this winter to make their homes more energy efficient.  Nebraska received $41,644,458 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide services such as insulation and furnace inspections by community action agencies across the state
Tentative Late Spring 2010 Start Date...
Appliance Rebates in Nebraska heat pump & fridge
The Nebraska Energy Office will be providing appliance and residential heating and cooling equipment rebates funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.†According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the state will receive $1.71 million for rebates and to operate the program, and awarded $171,100 to the Nebraska Energy Office on July 14, 2009.†

WIND ENERGY
New Sites at Petersburg & Broken Bow...
Nebraska Public Power District to Add Wind Turbines
Nebraska Public Power District plans to add 108 turbines to its wind generating capacity.  The turbines will be built near Petersburg and Broken Bow and should be operational by the end of 2010 or early 2011.
wind turbine blade 40 Turbines Near Humboldt...
Omaha Public Power District to Tap Wind in Southeast Nebraska
Southeastern Nebraska is often overlooked for wind energy opportunities, but Omaha Public Power District has set its sights on areas near Humboldt in Richardson County for wind generated electricity.  The developers of this facility found an area where the terrain and wind patterns combine to create wind that should allow the wind turbines to produce about 40 percent of...
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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...

Reaping Energy Harvest...
Farmers and Experts Talk Wind
Windustryís Wind Farmers Network is a discussion forum for those interested in wind power to exchange ideas and information about wind power resources, economics, technology, and how to develop a wind project. In addition to being able to quiz experts on how to harvest wind...

biomass boiler Renewable Energy...
Fairbury Business Saves Their Bacon by Using Tallow Power
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development provided a grant to Feaster Foods of Fairbury that offset 25 percent of the equipment and installation costs of two renewable energy biomass boiler units. Feaster Foods’ existing steam producing boilers, used to make bacon bits from bacon ends and pieces, were becoming obsolete.  Efficient boilers capable of burning natural gas or bacon tallow were purchased.  After installation, the daily price for the edible tallow by-product to that of natural gas was tracked...

Getting the Most from Your Energy Dollar...
Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
In this issue, the Quarterly profiles:  Selecting Energy-Efficient Tractors, Water Conservation in Irrigation, New Tool May Save Money for Nebraska Irrigators and Using Biodiesel on the Farm.

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

Q: Our local newspaper had an article on energy saving loans for commercial businesses. I own a television sales and service shop and would like to know if I would qualify for these loans. If so, what is required?...


Q: How can I receive a tax credit or other type of incentive to replace lighting in a commercial warehouse which is being used as a mechanics shop? Do you have recommendations on what lighting would be most energy efficient for the warehouse? I also heard my local electric utility offers rebates for replacing lighting fixtures. Secondly, I have considered installing a wood burning furnace because we have an ample supply of scrap wood as a by-product of our manufacturing process. Are there incentives for this type of furnace, and who could I contact to purchase a furnace?...


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