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Nebraska Energy Extension Partnership — Agricultural Efficiency Nexus: Energy, Water, and Food
The Nebraska Energy Office created a State Energy Extension Partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL Extension) to enhance adoption of energy efficiency practices. The Nebraska Energy Extension Partnership — Agricultural Efficiency Nexus: Energy, Water, and Food established a framework using the following objectives:

Nebraska’s Partnership is the synergy of collaboration that comes from the merging of the policy, educational, and science expertise that the partners possess. The initial partnership targets the following priority issues:

  • Establish a partnership between the Energy Office and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension to identify opportunities to enhance the knowledge and adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, tools, technologies and business practices to reduce the use of energy in homes, businesses, farms, and ranches through a series of technical assistance, transformational education, and agriculture-based demonstration and pilot projects.
  • Expand the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Demonstration Network to include a co-benefit of quantified water and energy savings and extend technical assistance and transformational educational programming to 100 new cooperating producers resulting in savings of more than 650,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually.
  • Develop an energy and efficiency rating system for irrigation components modeled after ENERGY STAR® and increasing awareness of the benefits of purchasing energy efficient equipment for agricultural purposes.
  • Augment the state’s existing capacity to provide training and education on the recently adopted 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and residential weatherization assistance by coordinating with UNL Extension to implement transformational education methods across the State of Nebraska.

This competitive State Energy Project Special Project funded grant was awarded $186,195 in September 2011 and matched with $37,239 in state funds.

This project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

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