New Energy Roundup: September 2014

Ben Gotschall

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 Nebraska’s grid, which is enough power to charge the average mobile phone for 93 years.

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News Items:

Sandhills Ranchers Opposing Transmission Line Granted Hearing: The Nebraska Power Review Board disagreed with the Nebraska Public Power District’s argument that “only power suppliers should be intervenors” in the process of determining the necessity of public power infrastructure projects.  Ranchers from the Burwell area who are working together to save their land, wildlife, and eco-tourism businesses from the negative effects of a massive proposed NPPD transmission line will have their say at a hearing before the PRB on October 10.  Read more here:

Rooftop Solar Numbers are Booming: While solar energy production is still a small fraction of the generation mix of the U.S., residential solar installations have grown by over 1000% in the last 7 years.  Find out what some states are doing that are promoting this growth, and what other states are not doing that are obstructing this growth at this link:



Upcoming Events:

Sept. 21: People’s Climate March in New York City.  Check out the Bold blog post on the event for more details:

Can’t make the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sept. 21? March in solidarity in Lincoln or Omaha. 
Lincoln “Little Apple March for the Climate” 
Omaha “The ‘Big O’ Climate March”


Sept. 22nd: National Radio Program Recording in Lincoln Seeks Audience Members!  “America Abroad,” a public radio program distributed nationally on PRI, is coming to Nebraska to tape a live program with audiences in Nebraska and Calgary, Canada, on the Keystone XL pipeline.  The show tapes at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Ron Hull Studio at NET, 1800 N. 33rd St. in Lincoln. The program producers are seeking local audience members to participate in the event. This will be a great chance for pipeline fighters to come out and show support for Nebraska rancher Randy Thompson, Bold Nebraska Energy Director Ben Gotschall, and Bold Nebraska Media Director Mark Hefflinger as they participate in the show.

Because of limited space, the producers are requiring audience members to pre-register online for tickets by going to   If you do not pre-register, you will not have a ticket and you will not be admitted as an audience member!

September 25: UNL to Release Results of Climate Study

What: “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska”

In Person: Thursday September 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive 3:00 p.m. reception preceding the lecture.

Live Webcast: (high-speed internet access required – dialup will NOT work)

Web Rebroadcast: 7:00 p.m. at (high-speed internet access required)

October 18th: Save the date!  We are tentatively planning a tour of NPPD candidate Danny Kluthe’s methane digester/power generating system near Dodge as well as a visit to a solar irrigation system near Lindsey.  Stay tuned for more tour information.


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