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New Website Launched – Husker Power Plan.Org

Written by Matt Gregory, Clean Energy Advocate,
Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Last month, an informal coalition known as Clean Energy Nebraska, which includes Nebraska Wildlife Federation, officially released a state clean energy plan – the Husker Power Plan. The plan is so named as it calls for using in-state resources including higher levels of wind, solar, and energy efficiency than are currently planned.

Duane Hovorka, former Executive Director of Nebraska Wildlife Federation, was the main writer of the plan. Other contributors included Janece Molhoff of the League of Women Voters, former Lincoln Electric System board chair Marilyn McNabb and Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen.

“Overall, this is a plan for moving Nebraska further down the path to a clean energy future. It’s affordable, doable and continuing the progress that our public power utilities are currently making, ” Hovorka said.

The Husker Power Plan has been analyzed by energy consultants Anna Sommer, Tyler Comings and Elizabeth Stanton who found that the plan will reduce carbon pollution by 58% over five years compared to business as usual. The Husker Power Plan has been endorsed by eleven organizations so far, including Nebraskans for Solar, collectively representing over 10,000 individuals.

The Husker Power Plan, the consultants’ report, and information about endorsing it can be found at huskerpowerplan.org.

Matt Gregory: matt@nebraskawildlife.org

Advocates encouraged by Nebraska wind energy push

A wind turbine outside of Odell generates wind-powered energy through the usage of wind farms. Photo credit: Jenna Vonhofe/Lincoln Journal Star

By The Associated Press / Published in the Lincoln Journal Star

OMAHA — Renewable energy advocates say they are encouraged by a recent push to expand wind energy in Nebraska.

Advocates gathered at the eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Omaha on Thursday.

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Backers of wind & solar energy tax credits plan to try, try again

Nebraska Radio Network – Written by Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton

John-HansenA Nebraska agricultural group is working with state legislators on a proposed tax credit for wind and solar energy projects. The effort fell short of passing last session but backers of the incentives say they’ll try again in 2016.

Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says there’s plenty of support for the measure.

Hansen says, “We look at poll after poll after poll and the preliminary data from the Nebraska Rural Poll, it’s going to continue to show that the overwhelming, very high percentage majority of Nebraskans, including rural Nebraskans, support more rural energy development.”

Read the entire story here.

Nebraska Legislative Bill 423

An energy revolution: Stringent emission rules are changing the way energy is delivered, favoring renewables, natural gas over coal

by Russell Hubbard, Omaha World-Herald

Warm rooms in winter, cool ones in summer, humming factories and well-lit offices.

In a nation such as the United States, it is easy to take such workaday energy matters for granted.

But the way it is done is all changing. The energy generation system that underlies the wealthiest nation in world history is undergoing the biggest transformation since the dawn of the steam age.

“We are at a historical point of change,” said Michael Shonka, vice president of the Nebraska Solar Energy Society. “People generally aren’t aware of history happening until it is over, and then they say, ‘Wait, that was a revolution.'”

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