Fourth Public Meeting on the Keystone XL Pipeline Application
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Nebraska Public Service Commission will hold the fourth meeting allowing public comment in Ralston on Wednesday, July 26, from 10:00 a.m., to 6:00 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Ralston Arena, 7300 Q Street, Ralston. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Public comment will be accepted on a first come, first-serve basis, with priority given to persons who have not spoken at previously-held meetings. Persons speaking at the public meeting will have three-to-five minutes to provide comment.

In order to ensure sufficient time for the evidentiary proceedings, the public meeting in Ralston will take the place of the public comment portion of the Public Hearing planned for August 7-11 in Lincoln.

Hearing officer, Commissioner Tim Schram said, “Dedicating an additional entire day for public comment will ensure an opportunity for the public to be heard. In turn, it will allow the Commission to focus sufficient time and attention on the testimony and evidence to be presented during the formal proceeding in August.”

With the addition of the public meeting in Ralston, the Commission will have held four public meetings (York, O’Neill, Norfolk & Ralston), resulting in 30 hours of public comment. Public input received during all four public meetings will be made a part of the public record.

Citizens unable to attend a public meeting may submit comments in writing to the Nebraska Public Service Commission or utilize the Keystone XL Public Comment Form on the PSC website. Comments submitted to the PSC will be made a part of the public record.



LES Sustainable Living Festival @ The Railyard, West Haymarket
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Every year, LES teams with community partners to bring you the Sustainable Living Festival, an interactive, family-friendly event that teaches you easy ways to take care of our environment.

Festivalgoers can:

  • Get an up-close look at Tesla roadsters.
  • Snack on solar-cooked popcorn.
  • Cycle through the latest and greatest in Lincoln’s bike system, from innovative gear to a new bike-share program.
  • Craft their own art project out of recycled materials.
  • Learn how textile sustainability starts at home.
  • Pick up tips on easy ways to conserve water.
  • Recycle all types of electronics.
  • See selected pieces from The Art Reach Project’s “Cardboard Village” community art project.
  • Understand the science behind composting, from organic home waste to worms.
  • Find out how LES brings renewable energy to Lincoln through solar and wind technology.
  • Discover much more.


You can expect to learn from engaging activities from our community partners at this year’s festival!

Big Red Worms HVcycle
Black Market Clothing Exchange Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
City of Lincoln Parks, Planning, and Health Joyride Bicycles
City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division J-Tech Solar
Clean Air Lawn Care of Lincoln Lancaster Master Gardeners
CommonGround Nebraska Lincoln Children’s Museum
Community Crops Lincoln Public Schools
Compost Lincoln Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Nebraska Building Products
Dixon Power Systems Nebraska Recycles
EcoStores Nebraska Nebraska Recycling Council
Environmental Studies, UNL Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
Envirorun Nebraskans for Solar
Fontenelle Forest Pioneers Park Nature Center
Great Plains Bicycling Club Salt Valley Chapter, Nebraska Master Naturalists
Green UNL SWT Energy Inc
GRNE Solar Tesla
High Level Happiness The ArtReach Project



Clean Energy Group Webinar – Solar Resilient: A New Tool for Resilient Solar+Storage Design
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Through a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant, the City and County of San Francisco has developed a publicly available online tool for sizing solar PV and battery storage systems designed to deliver onsite power during an extended grid outage. is a first-of-its-kind tool that enables building and energy managers, architects, and sustainability and energy professionals to optimize solar and battery storage sizing to serve as a clean, reliable source of backup power for critical loads.

The tool allows building owners and city departments to develop preliminary solar and storage equipment sizing estimates before embarking on more detailed studies. can also be used on a portfolio of buildings so that optimum scenarios can be incorporated into a city or county’s energy resilience strategy. The tool is freely available for public use and allows for system design in any location across the United States.

In this webinar, Jessica Tse (San Francisco Department of the Environment) and Russell Carr (Arup) will introduce the project and provide a live demonstration of the tool’s capabilities.


This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit

Solar Energy Workshop Hosted by Community Crops @ Eiseley Library
Aug 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Need Help Going Solar? This solar energy workshop, hosted by Community Crops, will cover:

  • the economics of purchasing a solar energy system

  • payback rates

  • the basics of net metering

  • community solar, including LES’s SunShares program

You will also have the opportunity to speak with loan consultants, obtain price estimates, and schedule assessments at your home or business.

Presenters who will be on hand to discuss your options and answer your questions will include solar installers and representatives from the Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraskans for Solar, LES, and UNL.

For more information, visit:


2017 Total Solar Eclipse Events at National Parks in Nebraska
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, an event that last occurred nearly 100 years ago. Observers along its path will see the sun briefly disappear behind the moon, turning day into night.

Over 21 national parks in the eclipse’s pathway, including three in Nebraska, are planning special programs and activities to observe the celestial event.

Click these links to learn more:

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

Eminent Domain – World Premiere of an Omaha Playwright’s Work @ Omaha Community Playhouse
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm

By Laura Leininger-Campbell, Directed by Amy Lane

Does oil run thicker than blood? Or will a pipeline splitting the prairie tear a family apart? A 2016 Eugene O’Neil National Playwrights’ Conference finalist, originally conceived for Shelterbelt Theatre’s Before the Boards series, Eminent Domain tells a relevant story of a Nebraska family farm threatened by the construction of an oil pipeline and the ensuing conflict that emerges within.

On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Dig deeper and the greater struggle is revealed: the fight to preserve our Heartland’s farms and the livelihood of the people who live here. Our most crucial resource is not just the land we are privileged to attend with cracked and calloused hands—it is our kin, our clan and our heritage.

Visit the Omaha Community Playhouse’s website for more information about this world premiere of an Omaha playwright’s work.


2017 Energy Fair in Minnesota @ Harriet Island Park
Sep 9 – Sep 10 all-day

Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day on Sept. 8 

FREE Workshops & Exhibits! All Access Passes Now on Sale 

About the Energy Fair

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is sponsoring the Energy Fair in the Twin Cities. Workshops and exhibits will be FREE and open to the public, and All Access Passes will include music, featured speakers, solar professional workshops, and the pre-fair Solar Professional Day on September 8. MREA Members and Hardcore Volunteers receive a free All Access Pass to the Minnesota Fair.

You are invited to exhibitpresent a workshop, or sponsor at this event!

 2017 Schedule of Events
 Energy Fair Tickets


National Drive Electric Week 2017
Sep 9 – Sep 17 all-day

National Drive Electric Week is an annual nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and to highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand organizers have expanded it to an entire week of events.

Want to organize or help with an event? Go to the events page to see if there’s one near you, then go to the volunteer page to offer your assistance. Thank you!

Each event is led by local plug-in drivers and advocates and typically includes some combination of EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and more. Plug In AmericaSierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association serve as the national team providing support to the events throughout the country.







Elders for the Earth: A Retreat in the Spirit of Chautauqua @ Mahoney State Park
Oct 1 – Oct 4 all-day

A multi-day interdisciplinary gathering including fellowship, lectures, music, the arts, being in nature and even some fun in the midst of the climate crisis. The climate crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity for those who are concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit. Local elders are coming together to learn and share our collective wisdom in interactive, fun and creative community-building ways.

Geared to those 50 and older, but all are welcome.
Begins afternoon of October 1st and ends before noon on October 4th. Come when you can, leave when you must. Single day or full retreat registration will be available.

For more information:

SAVE THE DATE! 10th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference & Exhibition @ Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

About the Conference & Exhibition

Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, and higher education professionals since 2008, the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together people united by their passion for advancing Nebraska’s wind and solar industry.

They come to network, learn and be inspired by quality speakers and timely presentations. Over 300 people are expected to attend the 10th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln on November 13-14, 2017. The organizers encourage participants to take advantage of the early registration discounts. Industry related companies should also consider exhibiting at or sponsoring the event.

Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Website
Sponsor / Exhibitor Information