Heat Pumps, Ethanol in Buses and Energy Savings in Buildings
In June, the Nebraska Energy
Office received three new competitively awarded grants totaling $157,000 from
the U.S. Department of Energy. The grants will help the agency promote
geothermal heat pumps for schools, test a blend of ethanol and diesel in Omaha
buses and help reduce the state's Army National Guard' s energy costs in its
facilities. In-kind contributions and cost sharing by the agency's
partners will add $134,000 to the projects.
Specific details about
- The Geothermal Heat
Pump Training Program will team three electric utilities .
Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District and Lincoln
Electric System .
along with Central Community College
and Energy Office staff to provide information to school officials, architects
and engineers and provide training for well drillers and installers of
geothermal heat pump installations. The one-year grant is for
$50,000. Nebraska, a national leader in geothermal heat pumps, has an
estimated 30 systems currently installed in schools. For example, one
district, Lincoln Public Schools, expects to save $1.75 million in 20 years
from the heat pump systems installed in four new elementary schools.
- The Omaha Clean Cites
Coalition Oxy-Diesel Project will fuel 10 Metro Area Transit Authority buses with a 15 percent
ethanol/80 percent diesel blend for one year to test the ability of the fuel
blend to reduce pollution.
A special fuel blending agent makes the
diesel/ethanol fuel usable without engine modifications. Other partners
on this $42,800 grant include the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the
Nebraska Corn Marketing and Development Board.
- The Federal Energy
Management Program/Nebraska Army National Guard
allow the hiring of a resource efficiency manager by the Guard so that energy
saving improvements identified earlier can be made in the 1.3 million square
feet of federal and state military buildings under the Guard's
jurisdiction. This $64,500 grant is for one year.
Since 1996, the state's Energy Office has won 11 competitive federal grants
totaling $1.432 million. Six of the grants, totaling $1.15 million, were
for housing-related activities that expanded the agency's services to the
state's builders, realtors and local housing officials.
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