Free NEED Virtual Event: 2021 Hydropower Energy Education Workshop
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


  • 9th-12th grade science teachers
  • CTE Teachers


  • NEED curriculum packet
  • Preworkshop materials
  • Classroom hydropower supplies


8:30 a.m.         Teachers begin to log in

8:35 a.m.         Introductions, norms, goals and Hydropower Kahoot

9:00 a.m.         Science of Energy Transformation Scavenger Hunt

10:00 a.m.       Energy Sources 101

Learn about our 10 energy sources, how we use them nationally with Forms and SourcesElectric Connections and Candy Collector activities.

10:55 a.m.       Quick Break

11:00 a.m.       Introduction to Hydropower 101

  • Moving Water Can Do Work

11:45 a.m.       Break for lunch and gather supplies for afternoon activities

12:15 p.m.      Hydropower Speaker with Q&A

12:35 p.m.      Hydropower for the CTE Classroom

  • Complete the Circuit Activity
  • Science of Electricity Model

1:55 p.m.        Quick Break

2:00 p.m.        Careers in Hydropower

Exploring careers in the Hydropower industry with the Hydropower Careers in the Round activity.

2:30 p.m.        Wrap Up, Post-test and Evaluation

3:00 p.m.        Adjourn

Wendi Moss
The NEED Project


CESA Webinar: Applying New Data from NREL’s State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance, will explore the newly updated State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform and applications for clean energy planning. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will share new SLOPE components that can answer questions like:

  • What portion of my state’s electricity might be generated by renewable technologies by 2050 under different scenarios?
  • How does rooftop PV, utility-scale PV, and wind generation potential vary across my state?
  • How do current and future distributed and utility-scale energy costs compare across technologies and jurisdictions within my state?

Find accessible charts and maps to use in plans and presentations and learn how you can access and apply SLOPE’s data on efficiency, renewables, and (coming soon) sustainable transportation opportunities and potential for your state.

Presenter: Megan Day, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Moderator: Nate Hausman, Clean Energy States Alliance


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Virtual Renewable Energy Education Summit
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The KidWind Project and REpowering Schools are inviting educators, researchers and practitioners from around the world to come together to discuss the state and future of renewable energy education in a collaborative, day-long virtual summit. This is an application-based event. Participants will receive a $150 stipend for their time. Click here to learn more and to apply.

ASES Webinar: Community Solar Policy Adoption and Market Trends
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of community solar, an innovative program design that allows multiple consumers to share the costs and benefits of ownership in an off-site solar facility, opening market access to a wider variety of individuals.

The presenters will take a look at the states that have formal community solar policies, and how that is helping spur deployment. They also will take a look at states pushing community solar legislation, debates among key stakeholders, and potential paths forward for laggard energy policy states. Finally, this webinar will cover the role of equity and justice in community solar programs.

Moderator and Opening Remarks: Gilbert Michaud, Assistant Professor of Practice, Ohio University


  • Jill Cliburn, President, Cliburn and Associates
  • Sarah Moon, Director of Business Development, Solstice


Spring Deadline for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants
Mar 31 all-day

The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) seeks applications for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects.

The grant terms for renewable energy systems are $2,500 minimum to $500,000 maximum and for energy efficiency grants, $1,500 to $250,000. Click the above link to see additional requirements.

The deadline is March 31, 2021 for REAP grants. Guaranteed Loans are accepted on a continuous application cycle. 

Program Fact Sheet

For more information contact Nebraska Energy Coordinator Jeff Carpenter at 402-437-5554 or