By Laura King-Homan, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Streetlights across the OPPD service territory will get a facelift over the next five years. And their new look will mean brighter, longer-lasting fixtures, better efficiency, and monetary savings for the communities they serve . . . OPPD owns the majority of streetlights in its service territory. The utility has 298 streetlight customers ranging from small towns to the Nebraska Department of Transportation . . . A total of 98,744 streetlights cover the roads and highways of the service territory. By converting the streetlights to LED fixtures, the municipalities that contract with OPPD would see a 25-percent reduction in their overall streetlight costs. This is why:
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Now updated in 2017, the Department of Energy’s Energy Saver Guide offers tips for saving money and energy at home and on the road.
You can obtain the Energy Saver Guide in English and Spanish in the following ways:
By Mike Watkins, Omaha World-Herald
That’s the main question David Holtzclaw of Transduction Technologies will be asking visitors October 28 at his exhibit during the Smart Energy Talk Conference at the UNO Milo Bail Student Activity Center.
“It’s important to walk them through the steps before they get serious about buying solar panels for their homes,” he said. “They need to make sure their houses are ready before taking this expensive but valuable step toward total home energy efficiency.”
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Green Omaha Coalition (GOC) and Omaha World-Herald have collaborated over the past several weeks to put together an outstanding educational opportunity you won’t want to miss! The Smart Energy Talks and the Green Home Tour are annual events geared toward promoting energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly practices for homeowners. New this year: Attendees can take a virtual Green Home Tour of local solar installations.
Panel discussions will focus on the importance of renewable energy in our communities and the challenges and benefits of electric vehicles on the grid. Exhibitors will be available from 10am to 2pm. These experts will explain the basics of solar technology and answer questions about preparing your home for solar, costs and savings involved, battery storage, types of solar energy systems, and how to get started.
By Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD News
“We wanted to highlight our partnership with OPPD and show how we can work together.” – Kathy Carroll, vice president of Administration and Finance
The college has updated its electrical system over the last three years . . . Buildings on campus are making the switch to LED lighting, and geothermal cooling and heating was installed in the Jindra Fine Arts building in 2003 and the T.J. Majors building in 2016. Delzell Hall and the Theatre are under renovation and geothermal installations are part of that process. The college recently installed energy metering on their electricity, gas, steam and chilled water services to benchmark usage and determine how to maximize efficiency. So far, these efficiency efforts have resulted in more than $25,000 in rebates from OPPD. Read more here.
By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News
A pair of bills now before the Nebraska legislature would provide a new potential funding source for community solar projects, and mandate that utilities allow community solar projects initiated by their customers.
LB 610 would explicitly allow the Nebraska Environmental Trust to consider issuing grants to community solar projects. The trust’s funds, coming from a portion of the state’s lottery proceeds, amount to roughly $16 million yearly . . . The other community solar bill, known as the Shared Community Solar Act, essentially legalizes community solar projects and requires utilities to allow them.
ALSO WRITTEN BY KAREN UHLENHUTH
Nebraska making efficiency push for state-owned buildings
NEBRASKA ENERGY OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
State Government Buildings To Be Benchmarked By 2020
MORE MIDWEST NEWS
- NextEra eyes 100-megawatt solar project at nuclear plant, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Cook County Laying Blueprint for New Age of Community Solar Projects, Chicago Tonight
- Republican Governor: God has blessed our state with wind energy resource, American Wind Energy Association’s Blog, Into the Wind
- Iowa & Minnesota are among Six States Leading The Way In Clean Energy & Climate Legislation, CleanTechnica
By Benjamin Peters, The Missouri Times
KCP&L was the first utility in the country to own and operate a commercial-scale wind facility in the state of Kansas. They’ve also continued looking into methods of harnessing solar energy, and partnered with the Kansas City Royals to place a 120-panel solar system at Kauffman Stadium. KCP&L also signed a 10-year agreement to buy renewable energy from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District’s three hydroelectric plants, the first addition of hydro power to their energy mix. Ameren Missouri currently operates three hydroelectric energy centers. Ameren Missouri has also explored a number of energy alternatives and recently received the green light by the Missouri Public Service Commission to begin their pilot program on solar energy. Read more.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING / LISTENING
State senators: Nebraska needs to act on climate change (AUDIO), by Brent Martin, Nebraska Radio Network
State lawmakers serving on a special legislative committee say Nebraska needs to adopt a state climate action plan. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill, co-chair of the committee, says he wants to see the committee re-authorize so it can pursue recommendations finalized just prior to the legislative session. “In terms of our recommendations for legislation, I think members of this committee or the legislature will see pieces of legislation that are affecting these things,” Larson tells reporters during a news conference at the Capitol.
On December 14, 2016, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced nearly $35 million for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACS). The centers will provide site-specific recommendations to small manufacturers with opportunities to improve productivity, secure information, reduce waste and save energy while providing training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems. Read more here.
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy
To apply for an assessment, contact UNL’s IAC Program Director:
Dr. Robert Williams
Phone: (402) 472-4755
By Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge
A new NRDC study finds that higher electricity costs occur in states that fail to invest in clean energy. NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh describes the study.
According to the data, the least-renewable friendly states saw bigger residential per kilowatt-hour rate increases from 2000 to 2015 than states that increased their clean energy portfolios. For example, residents of Iowa, which has increased its percentage of generation from renewable sources more than any state since 2000, pay only 0.6 cents more per kilowatt hour, adjusted for inflation, than they did in 2000, when renewable energy development was still in its infancy . . . The impact of efficiency initiatives on utility bills between the most and least energy-efficient states is stark. Read more.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- New Analysis Shows National Potential for Solar Power in Low-Income Communities, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Solar Ready Vets Trains Veterans for Jobs in Booming Solar Industry, Renewable Energy World
- New Solar, Wind Competitive Leasing Program to Start for US Public Lands, Renewable Energy World Editors
- Clean-energy finance company raises $329M in pair of bond offerings, Utility Dive