DOE Office of Indian Energy Webinar: Essential Tribal and Utility Relationships 
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Electric utilities that serve tribal loads can provide a number of beneficial services that are essential to tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination, as well as strengthening economic development opportunities on Indian lands.

Services can include customized rate tariffs, line extensions, and energy services. Additionally, utilities can become partners with tribal organizations on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and power generation projects and programs.

Tribal representatives can also attend utility meetings and join utility advisory groups and boards to play a greater role in the utility’s governance. Tribal organizations can also form their own electric utilities if the local utility does not meet the current or future needs of the tribal organization.

This webinar is free but registration is required. 

Recordings and slides of past tribal energy webinars are also available.

Approaches for Involving Low-Income Communities with Solar – Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Signing up low-income customers for solar can require different approaches than signing up higher-income customers. In this webinar, representatives from PosiGen Solar and GRID Alternatives, organizations with extensive experience bringing solar to low-income customers, will discuss how they engage with low-income customers and communities in order to spread the benefits of solar. For more information and to register, click here.

Download CESA’s guide: Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

Free Webinar: SEIA’s Model C&I PPA – Lowering Transaction Costs to Open the Small-Medium C&I Sector
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Transactional efficiency is particularly relevant to the small-medium commercial and industrial (C&I) sector, specifically projects serving the behind-the-meter portion of the C&I spectrum.

SEIA’s C&I Working Group recently issued a new model power purchase agreement (PPA). The document represents an improved version of its predecessor – first issued by NREL – and incorporates critical learning by dozens of top law firms, development entities and financing stakeholders to lower transaction costs and simplify the development process.


24 Hours of Reality: Be The Voice Of Reality
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

On December 4-5, The Climate Reality Project is bringing the world together for one full day to tell the stories of citizens taking action to end the climate crisis with 24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality.

Hosted by former Vice President Al Gore and featuring an all-star cast of celebrities, business visionaries, thought leaders, and scientists, Be the Voice of Reality will travel the globe for 24 straight hours with inspiring stories, real conversations, and rousing musical performances.

We’ll witness the climate crisis unfolding on every continent and highlight the activists fighting for solutions everywhere from city streets to City Hall, showing how we can all find our voice and all make a difference.

Sign up here to get details about the event, speakers, special guests, and ways to get involved with 24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality.

Clean Energy Group Webinar: U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group for the Northeast Wind Resource Center.

A new report quantifies the job impacts of offshore wind development off the U.S. Northeast from Maine to Maryland. Based on two market scenarios of 4GW and 8 GW by 2030, the study revealed a peak of 8300 to 16,700 full-time equivalent baseline jobs in 2028.

With the addition of medium to high probability jobs, these numbers increased up to a peak of 36,300 in 2028. The baseline jobs most likely to be performed in the U.S. include project development and management, supply and installation of electrical substations and subsea cable, and wind farm operation and maintenance; whereas the medium to high probability jobs include a manufacturing sector workforce.

Webinar Speaker: Alun Roberts, report author from BVG Associates
Hosted by Val Stori, Project Director at the Clean Energy States Alliance/ Clean Energy Group.

The webinar and report are part of the DOE-funded Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind Development

Register for the webinar.

The report is available for download at:

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DOE Office of Indian Energy Webinar: Economic Market Potential on Tribal Lands and Interactive Tools for Assessments 
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Developing conventional and renewable energy resources on tribal lands presents significant economic opportunities. Tribal lands consist of more than 56 million acres, representing about 2.3% of the total U.S. land base and an estimated 17.1 million acres of existing and potential fossil energy and mineral resources and vast, untapped renewable energy potential. Attendees will learn about the economic potential of indigenous conventional and renewable energy resources and the tools available for economic and energy supply assessments.

The webinar is free but registration is required. Recordings and slides of past tribal energy webinars are available.

The Veteran’s Energy Seminar @ UIC Illini Center
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 8:30 pm

The Veteran’s Energy Seminar educates veterans, reservists, and military spouses on global energy security challenges to inspire continued service to the country through careers in the energy industry, policy, and entrepreneurship.

The Veteran’s Energy Seminar program is based on training by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources which introduces Foreign Service Officers to the fundamentals of fuels, markets, regional issues, and international policy. The seminar will include classroom lectures and panels with local experts. The day will end with a public event and discussion on The Age of Consequences ( with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. See the schedule of events here.

The Veteran’s Energy Seminar is open to veterans, reservists, and military spouses from all ranks and branches of service. No specific work experience in energy is required, only an interest in learning more about energy security. A wide range of skills and experience is anticipated; therefore, lectures will be taught at an introductory level. The Veteran’s Energy Seminar will not discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion, or disability.

Space is limited to 50 seats. Ticket price ($25) includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and admission to the evening program, “Strengthening Our Energy Security Future,” with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.


Save the Date! Nebraskans for Solar’s December Program: “Community Solar” @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue & Sierra Club’s Missouri Valley Group

Nebraskans for Solar Board Member Leo Arens is organizing a presentation and discussion on community solar by a panel of Solar Champions. The types of community solar they will discuss include:

Investor Owned
Municipal Utility
State Utility

Additional details to be announced here and in our newsletters. All our events are open to the public. Save the date and plan to join us! Refreshments will be served.

LIFE Webinar Series Presents: Best Practices for Low- to Moderate-Income Solar
Dec 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Presenter: Eric O’Shaughnessy,
National Renewable Energy Lab

Community solar is one policy tool to increase solar access in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. The efficacy and sustainability of LMI community solar programs depend on several factors such as program structure, financing, incentives, and customer outreach.

The National Renewable Energy Lab is researching LMI community solar program designs implemented by state agencies and proposed in the literature. This research will inform policymakers about lessons learned and best practices in LMI community solar programs. Join this webinar to stay current on the latest community solar models benefiting low-income communities.

To learn more and to register, click here.

NFS’s Third Solar Group Buy Meeting: Roundtable & Q&A With Solar Professionals & Solar Ambassadors @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms - Second Floor
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue & Sierra Club’s Missouri-Valley Group

If you are a solar installer or solar ambassador, someone who has installed solar on your home or business, we invite you to come and help to facilitate the Solar Group Buy discussion and Q&A.

Please bring your information packets if you attended the October and November meetings, as these have handouts with information you may want to ask the solar installers and solar ambassadors about, and the following (optional) items:

  • Photo of your roof or other proposed solar installation site if you are going solar.
  • Photo of your project if you’ve installed a solar system since our October meeting
  • OPPD bills for your personal reference to monthly kilowatt-hours (kWh) usage.


New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation, by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

Resources that will be provided at the January roundtable will include a list of solar FAQs, solar incentives and rebates, financing options and more. Everyone is invited to bring resources to share at our information tables and during the roundtable.

All our events are open to the public. Please join us and contribute to the discussion! Refreshments will be served. Information packets will be available for those who were unable to attend the first two meetings.

Arrive before 7 pm if possible: Reserved parking is available for Nebraskans for Solar guests in Lot E in front of the Community Engagement Center. Visitors should enter through the parking booth, which is staffed by an attendant until 7pm. Let the attendant know you are there for the Nebraskans for Solar event. If Lot E has reached capacity, he or she will give you a permit to park in an adjacent lot. After 7 p.m. parking is available in all UNO lots, including the library’s lot next to the CEC.