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Energy Barn Update

In March 2015, the Build Our Energy Barn built in the path of the Keystone Export pipeline generated 340 kilowatt-hours of electricity back onto Nebraska’s public power grid, which has the same carbon offset as planting 6 trees.  To date, the Energy Barn has produced 4.84 megawatt-hours of clean energy for Nebraska, which is the carbon-offset equivalent of planting 88 trees.

New Energy News

Kearney May get Large Solar Facility: Energy Developer InfiGen is talking to Kearney city officials about leasing land and operating a 50-acre,  $20 million solar generation facility in the central Nebraska town.  The project would generate revenue for the city, create jobs, and provide clean energy for local public power providers.  Read more here:

Wisconsin Censors State Workers from Talking About Climate Change: Staff at the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands have been ordered not to talk about climate change and have been forbidden from using the phrase “global warming.” In a similarly intelligent move, plans are in the works to also stop University of Wisconsin science professors from talking about the law of gravity and the fact that the earth revolves around the sun.  Read more here:

Renewables Surpass Fossil Fuels: In 2013, more renewable energy was added worldwide than added coal, natural gas, and oil combined.  The trend is expected to continue and grow exponentially, as costs for renewable technology continue to decrease and governments are doing more to meet carbon emissions goals.  Read more here:

NPPD Announces Revamping of Sheldon Station. Nebraska Public Power District recently announced that it will be converting Sheldon Staion, an aging coal plant, to generate electricity from burning hydrogen.  According to NPPD, the project will create 100 jobs and will make the former coal plant carbon-emissions-neutral.  Read Bold Nebraska’s reaction here:


Upcoming Events

April 22: UNO Earth Day Symposium: The University of Nebraska at Omaha will be hosting an Earth Day symposium entitled, “Public Power and the Evolving Electric Utility Business Environment.”  Presentations will be given by Kevin Wailes, administrator and CEO, Lincoln Electric System, and Karl R. Rábago, executive director, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace Law School

When: April 22, 6–9 PM. Where: Mammel Hall Auditorium, UNO College of Business Administration (CBA)

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May 14: Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska 

Speaker will be John Atkeison, Energy Policy Director for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Co-Director of Clean Energy Nebraska. When: May 14 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Community Engagement Center, Room 201

The workshop is free & open to the public. Refreshments provided. Free parking is available in the reserved lot to the north of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, plus adjacent lots. Let the lot attendant know you’re attending the workshop in Room 201.
June 6: Meet The Solar Installers In Your Community   
This will  be a fun and educational panel presentation sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar & Lincoln Green By Design. Meet the solar professionals in your community, as well as the happy owners of homes and businesses who have gone solar. Discover, firsthand, the costs and benefits of going solar. Take a tour of the solar array at the Jane Snyder Trail Center, as well as a virtual tour of diverse solar installations in Lincoln, provided by each of the panel presenters who designed and installed them. Refreshments provided.
When: June 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM Where: Jane Snyder Trail Center Meeting Hall, 250 North 21st Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Questions? Email Helen Deffenbacher, Nebraskans for Solar,, or Doug Boyd, Lincoln Green By Design