Monthly Archives: October 2013

Great Plains Clean Energy Transmission Summit on October 21, 2013

Transmission is the backbone of our electric system and a foundation for the Great Plains region’s economic growth and environmental sustainability. Expanding and upgrading the electric transmission network will create jobs, strengthen the economy, spur the development and use of clean and renewable energy sources, and ensure a secure and modern power system.


The Great Plains Clean Energy Transmission Summit, to be held on October 21, 2013, in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, will feature a series of panel discussions with clean energy and transmission industry representatives, academic leaders, policymakers, as well as keynote addresses from the leading experts of the United States.


A name many Nebraskans will recognize is Jonathan Hladik, Energy Policy Advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska, who will be on a panel that will discuss “Updating Transmission Policy for a Clean Energy Future.”

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Rural and Small Town Leaders Should Urge NPPD Wind Investment, by Lucas Nelsen

This week, the Center for Rural Affairs is circulating a letter among rural community leaders, urging the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to make investments in rural and small town Nebraska’s energy future by purchasing locally produced wind power at today’s historically low rates.


Investing in Nebraska wind means making an investment in our communities’ future, which is crucial in rural Nebraska. Low prices of wind generated electricity, combined with the local economic development wind projects create and growing health concerns about coal-fired power, make a compelling argument for NPPD to invest in wind right now . . .


The Center for Rural Affairs invites leaders of mainstreet businesses, schools, small towns and civic organizations, as well as the farm and faith communities, to join us in urging NPPD to purchase locally produced, historically low-cost wind power. We will present the sign-on letter to the NPPD board and executives on Friday, October 11th:

The Nebraska Wildlife Federation Asks Lincoln Electric System to Expand Clean Energy Program

In a letter to the Lincoln Electric System board and management, the Federation asked LES to increase funding for its Sustainable Energy Program in 2014 to at least $5 million, launch a new solar energy initiative, and embrace more low-cost wind energy. Read the letter here:

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Nebraska Public Power District’s Draft Integrated Resources Plan Highlights Benefits of Clean Energy 
Harness The Sun

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Washington, D.C. Unanimously Passes Community Solar Legislation, Anna Noucas, Sol Systems

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today, October 1st, to pass the Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013 (B20-0057).  With this favorable vote, D.C. becomes the tenth state in the nation to enact community solar legislation.  Other states of note that have passed similar legislation include Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, and, most recently, Connecticut.  Through this innovative structure renters, homeowners and businesses with shaded roofs, and low-income utility customers who are unable to install a solar energy system on their roof – either for financial reasons, or because their property is unfit for installation – will be able to access the benefits of solar energy through virtual net metering.

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