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Nebraska Senator John McCollister elaborates on wind development bill

Published by The Columbus Telegram / The Banner-Press

Senator John McCollisterWind energy development in Nebraska is a targeted economic development goal for our state. In the last five years this type of development brought over $1.3 billion and 950 jobs to Nebraska. In 2014 the legislature commissioned a study by the Brattle Group to identify the challenges involved in turning the state’s wealth of wind into monetary gains for our citizens. LB 824 incorporates the regulatory reduction recommendations brought forth by the Brattle study with the hope of removing unnecessary regulatory hoops that neither protect Nebraskans nor create Nebraska economic development.

As the introducer of LB 824, I want to highlight some key components of the bill and clarify some points that may be unclear because of the complexity of the subject matter. A Question and Answer format would seem to provide a good framework to accomplish this goal. Continue reading.

History of LB 824

Nebraska Wind Energy (PDF)
Fact Sheets
Community Wind 
Community Wind Case Studies

Water Heaters: As Sexy as a Tesla?

How grid-interactive water heaters are joining the battery revolution,
by Margaret McCall, Rocky Mountain Institute Blog

$3.6 billion/year in value from a grid-interactive fleet of water heaters. Source: RMI.

$3.6 billion/year in value from a grid-interactive fleet of water heaters. Source: RMI.

Water heaters and batteries have one fundamental feature in common: they both store energy, batteries as charge and water heaters as heat. This ability to store energy gives water heaters flexibility. For example, they can be heated at night when power is cheap without jeopardizing your ability to take a hot shower in the morning.

Grid-interactive water heaters (GIWH) are electric water heaters that the grid operator or the local utility can control in real time (or the customer, automated software, or a third party could control them in response to granular retail price signals from the utility). This controllability makes a GIWH valuable for more than just hot showers. For example, in addition to heating water when power is cheap, it can also shut down during yearly system peaks, help integrate renewables, and provide services to the electric grid like frequency regulation. Optimizing water heaters like this can significantly reduce carbon emissions and, as explained below, create billions of dollars in value.

Read the entire blog here.

The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating (PDF), Brattle Group Report prepared for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA)