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Thank you to everyone who participated in the first annual Bellevue / Omaha Solar Tour!

In addition to Bellevue and Omaha, solar enthusiasts came from Bennington, Elkhorn, Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, York, Council Bluffs and Iowa City to attend the first-ever nationally-sponsored solar tour in our region. The event was part of the 2018 National Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors.

Thank you to local tour hosts Don Preister, shown in the above photo with his backyard solar array, and Eric Williams, the Wetherby family, City Sprouts, Exist Green and OPPD. The tour was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club, Green Bellevue and Nebraskans for Solar.

Photo Credit: KETV

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Electric car and bicycle show draws admirers

Written by Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald

The license plates were the first sign that this car show was a bit different. “4GET OIL” “GAS LOL” and “LOVE EV2”. An electric car — and bicycle — show on the campus of Creighton University on Sunday drew a steady flow of viewers. For the most part, it seemed like any other car show: Proud owners chatting with admiring, even envious spectators. Continue reading here.

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Electric cars make stop at Creighton University, by Steve Saunders, Fox 42 KPTM

OMAHA, Neb. (FOX42KPTM — Dead silence almost makes it hard to believe Ken Deffenbacher’s car is even on. “The maintenance is very low,” he said, “virtually non-existent.” That’s just one of the many reasons why Deffenbacher says he got the all-electric Chevy Bolt. He had his $37,000 car on display at Creighton Sunday. It was all part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric week. Read more here.

Fox 42 KPTM Photo: Nebraskans for Solar board member Ken Deffenbacher and KPTM reporter Steve Saunders

Top Photo: Nebraskans for Solar Board member Jared Friesen shown charging his new Nissan LEAF with the solar generators NFS was able to purchase and lend to schools and other nonprofit groups for public events–thanks to a grant from the Omaha Venture Group.
Credit: David Corbin, Nebraskans for Solar Board member and Nebraska Sierra Club Executive Committee Chair

Click here to view all of David’s photos of the event.
The National Drive Electric Week-Omaha event at Creighton University was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club and co-sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar and OPPD. National sponsors – Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association and Nissan LEAF. 

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Myth or fact? Electric vehicles

EV Charging Stations Survey

Are you an EV driver? Please take the survey!

For environmentalists and EV promoters, there is a new challenge. There is currently $1.28 million for EV charging stations in Nebraska, which represents 10% of the Nebraska VW Settlement. With public pressure, that amount could even be increased to 15%, or $1.92 million.

For more information on this VW Settlement, click here.

But which of these charging stations will be Level 3 High Speed DC and which will be Level 2 240V? How many of each will we install? Where will we install them? In other words, what will the public EV charging stations network across Nebraska be?

If you are an EV driver, your input is needed! Please take the survey!

Thank you.
Nebraska Sierra Club EV Team

Local Solar Champions Presenting Nebraskans for Solar’s December Forum on Community Solar

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue & Sierra Club

December 14, 2017 – 7 to 8:30 pm

UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

Combined Rooms 201 & 205

6401 Dodge Street


Nebraskans for Solar Board Member Leo Arens will moderate a presentation and discussion on “Community Solar” by a panel of local Solar Champions:

  • Clifford Mesner, Mesner Development, Central City
  • Brian Newton, Utility General Manager, Fremont
  • Jeff Buhrman and Terry Wittler, Capitol Beach Neighborhood Solar LLC,  Lincoln
  • Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions, Lexington
  • Michael Shonka, Solar Heat & Electric, Omaha
  • Nebraska Public Power District Spokesperson, Columbus

All our events are open to the public. Please join us and contribute to the discussion! Refreshments provided.

Photo: A pollinator-friendly solar farm in Minnesota by Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light & Nebraska Sierra Club Sponsoring Community Events This Thursday

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Presents “Conversations With Ken Haar:
Messages of Hope for a Changing Climate”

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Community Foundation
5th Floor Large Conference Room
215 Centennial Mall S

Former Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar was a leader on issues related to protecting the environment during his eight years in the Legislature, from 2009 to 2017. He was the primary introducer of legislation dealing with climate change.
Currently, he is making presentations all across the state about the impacts of climate change and opportunities and strategies that help communities mitigate or adapt to climate change.

Join  Ken Haar and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light for this discussion about messages of hope in response to climate change.

Recommended Reading: The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state

Nebraska Sierra Club Program

Recent Developments in Sustainable & Responsible Investing With Tyler Mainquist

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass Street
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The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

[Senator Ken] Haar, who was known for his advocacy of wind energy while in the Legislature, is making the rounds of Nebraska these days giving presentations on climate change. The star of the show is the Tesla, an all-electric car fitted with an auto pilot, eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and forward-looking radar. He offers free rides in the luxury vehicle. Read more here.

Photo: The self-driving Tesla, the star of the show as former State Senator Ken Haar drives – or does he?  — to climate change presentations. Credit: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

Find out more about electric cars at this event this Saturday!

Nebraska’s Clean Energy Future

By Kietryn Zychal, The Reader

Graham“There is a large and united coalition growing in Nebraska. It started with the pipeline and it is moving into clean energy,” said Graham Christensen, Director of the Nebraska Farmers Union, and member of a new coalition called Clean Energy Nebraska. “There are a lot of people working hand in hand. There is no going backward,” he said. The Farmer’s Union, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, The Nebraska Sierra Club and The Center for Rural Affairs are members. Each organization appeals to a different audience. Continue reading.

Clean Energy Nebraska’s Website: www.cleanenergynebraska.org
Photo: Graham Christensen, District Director of the Nebraska Farmers Union, Owner of GC Resolve LLC

Save the Date! John Farrell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will be Keynote Speaker at Nebraska Sierra Club’s Annual Event

John Farrell will deliver the keynote address at the Nebraska Sierra Club’s annual event at 1:00 p.m. on November 21 at the Milo Bail Student Center at UNO. The title of his presentation is: “The Coming of Energy Democracy.” The event is free and open to the public.

image001John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic, health and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

He was recently named by Midwest Energy News as one of the top “40 Under 40” emerging leaders throughout the region for his work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

The event is co-sponsored by UNO’s Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization.

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Questions? Please contact David Corbin, Nebraska Sierra Club: dcorbin@cox.net

 

 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year! Read testimonials from national and local leaders and add your own here.

City’s coal-fired power plant entering its twilight

by Tracy Overstreet, The Grand Island Independent

Grand Island’s coal-fired power plant, the Platte Generating Station, has been a rock star.

“Grand Island has never run a plant as long and as hard as we have Platte,” Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger said.

The 100-megawatt plant went on line in 1982 and has provided low-cost, baseload-level electricity ever since.

But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement of greener energy policies has raised questions about the future of coal-fired plants such as Platte.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see a lot of operation of Platte by 2030,” Luchsinger said. “It may be retired by then.”

That projected retirement may come as a surprise to some, particularly as the plant undergoes a $42 million pollution-control upgrade that will be complete in November. But it’s not so surprising to those in the energy industry.

To continue reading, click here:
http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/city-s-coal-fired-power-plant-entering-its-twilight/article_00459ea2-ff49-11e3-be5e-0019bb2963f4.html

LES gets 78 proposals for community solar energy project

by Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star

When Lincoln Electric System asked developers to submit proposals for a community solar project, administrators of the city-owned utility didn’t know if they’d get any responses.

They got 78 proposals from 14 developers who want to build projects ranging in size from 100 to 2,000 kilowatts, in and around Lincoln.

The goal of the community solar project is to give LES customers who don’t have suitable roofs for solar panels — or who have roofs pointing in a wrong direction or no individual roofs at all — a way to support a renewable energy project, possibly by purchasing shares.

Scott Benson, manager of resources and transmission planning, said those details will be worked out soon. LES staff will evaluate the proposals and give a recommendation to the LES administrative board July 18.

To continue reading, click here: www.journalstar.com/news/local/les-gets-proposals-for-community-solar-energy-project/article_893579d0-1e05-55cf-aa01-568c890745df.html