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Obscure state board seeks more authority over Nebraska public power districts

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — A proposal by an obscure state board to obtain more authority over public power districts has created a firestorm of concern and confusion among those utilities and some environmental groups.

The Nebraska Power Review Board, at its meeting Friday morning, will discuss whether the five-member board, appointed by the governor, should have the final say over contracts reached between power districts and energy suppliers, such as wind farms, and be able to weigh in on whether existing power plants should be decommissioned.
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Nebraska Power Review Board Meeting 
Friday, October 15, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
First Floor Hearing Room
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska

Agenda Item 7:
Discussion regarding whether the Power Review Board should have authority to review and approve decisions by public power utilities to enter into power purchase agreements and to decommission commercial generation facilities: PRB PPA & Decommissioning Authority (DRAFT Language for 10-15-21 Meeting).docx

Although the meeting will be held in-person, any member of the public also has the option to join virtually via Webex. The full agenda and Instructions on how to join the meeting and provide comments are posted here: Nebraska Power Review Board Meeting.

The minutes of the board meeting will be posted here.

Sharing Email from Allied Organization Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light: “Positive Steps on Climate Action”

Dear Nebraska IPL Friends,

Last week there were positive steps on several issues Nebraska IPL has been supporting.

First, LB 283 was advanced from the Executive Committee for consideration by the entire Legislature. LB 283 would create a State Climate Action Plan. The University of Nebraska would be given the task of putting together a climate action plan for the state.

On Friday, Senator McCollister named LB 283 as his priority bill, which means the bill will at least be debated by the Legislature. We encourage you to contact your senator and ask him or her to support LB 283 as a positive step in addressing the causes and impacts of the climate crisis.

Here is a link to the Legislature’s web site if you want to find your senator’s contact information: https://nebraskalegislature.gov

Here is the link to LB 283: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37279

On Thursday, the Natural Resources Committee heard LR 294, the resolution developed through research and advocacy by students from Prairie Hill Learning Center. LR 294 reviews various climate-related findings and acknowledges the existence of an anthropogenic climate and ecological crisis. The students who put together the resolution provided stellar testimony. They were supported by a wide variety of individuals and organizations; 39 people testified in support of the resolution and the committee received more than 100 letters and emails in support.

Even though a resolution is mostly symbolic, it would be great if LR 294 were adopted this session. Please contact the members of the Natural Resources Committee and ask them to advance LR 294 for consideration by the entire Legislature.

Natural Resources Committee Members:
Sen. Dan Hughes, Chairperson: (402) 471-2805, dhughes@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Joni Albrecht: (402) 471-2716, jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov 
Sen. Bruce Bostelman: (402) 471-2719, bbostelman@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Suzanne Geist: (402) 471-2731, sgeist@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Tim Gragert: (402) 471-2801, tgragert@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Steve Halloran: (402) 471-2712, shalloran@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Mike Moser: (402) 471-2715, mmoser@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Dan Quick: (402) 471-2617, dquick@leg.ne.gov

On Friday, the Lincoln Electric System (LES) board heard presentations on climate change and potential scenarios for a zero-carbon future. Although this is in the preliminary stages, it is a significant step.

All three of these issues are areas where Nebraska IPL has devoted time, effort and resources, so it is heartening to see positive steps being taken. However, we understand these are beginning steps and it will require considerable effort to achieve the kinds of changes that are needed.

Thank you for your support in helping us address the climate crisis.

Ken Winston / Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

Lincoln City Council to Discuss & Vote on Property Assessed Clean Energy Ordinance Monday, August 27th

Announcement from Ken Winston, Director of Policy & Outreach,
Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

There will be a discussion and vote on PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) at the Lincoln City Council meeting on Monday, August 27th at 5:30 pm, rescheduled from July 23rd.

Join Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light and allied organizations for the meeting at the City/County Building, 555 S 10th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 to have your voice heard!

You can also contact City Council members anytime beforehand with your comments here.

If you contact Council member Roy Christensen, be sure to thank him for bringing this ordinance before the Council.

PACE is a vital tool that will help to expand our use of clean energy and improve outdated buildings. Click on these links to learn more:

How-to: New book ‘DIY Solar Power’ puts solar energy in your hands [free chapter]

Electrek guest post by Micah Toll, author of DIY Lithium Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new book, DIY Solar Power, is the culmination of years of work and experience with electronics, batteries and – of course – solar power. I wrote the book with the needs of multiple audiences in mind, including those that are just beginning to enter the world of solar power and those that have some prior experience but desire a deeper understanding of the subject to apply it to their own current projects. There are so many interesting and useful ways to employ solar power in your own gadgets, and I covered as many as possible in my book. Read more here.

YOU CAN ALSO PREVIEW THE BOOKS THIS THURSDAY:
Nebraskans for Solar will have both books at our information tables for our community event this Thursday, February 1, 2018: Recent Solar Energy Developments in Nebraska With Ken Winston @ UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205  Ken is director of policy and outreach for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light. 

Additional details are posted on our calendar. The public is invited. Please join us!

Wachiska Audubon’s January Program: “Recent Developments in Solar Energy in Nebraska” with Ken Winston


Save the date! January 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A Street

Ken Winston is Director of Policy and Outreach, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light.

Established in 1973, Wachiska Audubon Society’s vision: To share the experience and love of nature—that life may flourish in all its natural diversity. December Newsletter: The Babbling Brook

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