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Bold Nebraska Response to TransCanada Motion to Limit Discovery

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Now that TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone Export pipeline in South Dakota has expired, they are now having to go through the South Dakota Public Utitilies Commision’s application process again.  Despite objections by TransCanada, the South Dakota PUC granted party status to dozens of intervenors, including Bold Nebraska, Tribal Nations, Dakota Rural Action, South […]
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November 2014 New Energy Roundup

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Energy Barn Update For the month of October, the New Energy Barn in the path of the Keystone Export pipeline produced 305 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is the energy equivalent of driving about 13 laps at the Monaco Grand Prix.  To date, the barn has generated 3.74 megawatt-hours of electricity, which is the equivalent of […]
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Comment Periods Open on NPPD R-Project

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After a series of hearings in communities affected by their Proposed R-Project power line, Nebraska Public Power District is still accepting public comments on the proposed power line project.  The project met with opposition at the hearings, with landowners and citizens voicing concerns over property rights, property values, environmental damage and dangers to wildlife.  Save […]
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The Great Sioux Nation, Obama Administration Meet to Address Renewable Energy and Alternatives to the Keystone XL Pipeline

For Immediate Release: Nov. 20, 2014 Contact: Aldo Seoane, Wica Agli Phone: 855-942-2669 Ext. 701 The Great Sioux Nation & Obama Administration Meet to Address Renewable Energy and Alternatives to the Keystone XL Pipeline Washington, DC – November 20, 2014: Tribal presidents met with members of the Obama Administration to address a revolutionary new approach to […]
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More NPPD R-Line Hearings this Week

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Another round of public hearings for the proposed Nebraska Public Power District R-Line transmission project will be held this week.  The project has been met with resistance from several Sandhills ranchers, who argue that the massive power lines will impact wildlife and tourism and that construction will damage the sandy soil.  Opponents of the project […]
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New Energy Roundup: October 2014

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Energy Barn Update: In September, the Energy Barn in the path of the proposed Keystone Export pipeline in York County generated 283 kilowatt-hours of electricity onto Nebraska’s public power grid.  That’s enough power to light the Eiffel Tower for 84 minutes.  To date, the Energy Barn has generated 3.29 megawatt-hours of electricity, which is enough […]
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Sandhills Ranchers Challenge NPPD Powerline Project

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Ranchers in the Sandhills of Central Nebraska are challenging the route of a high-capacity transmission power line project that has been proposed by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). They are currently intervening in the Nebraska Power Review Board (PRB) process, arguing that the line would negatively impact the fragile sandhills soils and ecosystem, on which […]
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New Energy Roundup: September 2014

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Energy Barn Update: For the month of September 2014, the New Energy Barn built in the path of the Keystone Export pipeline route in York County generated 294 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is enough power to charge the average mobile phone for 9 years.  To date, the barn has generated 3 megawatt-hours of electricity onto […]
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Help Save West Virginia Water

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While we in Nebraska fight to keep the Keystone Export pipeline out of the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer, we enjoy a relatively safe and abundant water supply nonetheless–that’s what we’re fighting for.  Elsewhere in the U.S., however, oil spills like the Enbridge pipeline disaster in the Kalamazoo river watershed in Michigan that happened […]
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