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OPPD begins steps toward energy storage

By Jason Kuiper, The Wire

The pilot program will test how battery storage can integrate into OPPD’s grid, providing load relief and voltage support at the substation level. The research gleaned in the pilot will help the utility understand the procurement, construction and operations of small energy-storage applications and how to scale for potential future applications. Last summer, OPPD announced a strategic initiative to study pathways to decarbonization. The study includes emerging technologies such as battery storage. The battery project is slated to be operational by December 2021. Read more here.

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It’s Time to Incentivize Residential Heat Pumps

By Claire McKenna, Amar Shah, Mark Silberg
Rocky Mountain Institute

Heat pump technology is a particularly efficient way to heat a home, delivering two to four times more heating energy than the electricity it consumes. As of 2020, replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump will reduce carbon emissions in 46 of 48 states (99 percent of US households); all but Wyoming and Utah, which remain heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity.

Our analysis found two key reasons why a heat pump purchased today will have lower carbon emissions than a gas furnace over the 15-year appliance lifetime: (1) modern heat pumps are significantly more efficient than gas furnaces, even in cold climates; (2) the electricity sector has reached a tipping point in reducing carbon emissions. Read more here.

LOCAL INCENTIVES

Below are links to our three major utilities’ heat pump incentives. If you aren’t a customer, search your local utility company’s website for any available rebates.

Nebraska Public Power District

Omaha Public Power District 

Lincoln Electric System 

FEDERAL INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC), which is 26% to the end of 2020: Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (ITC)

Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

Missouri Ag And Climate Change: Farmers Scramble To Find Solutions Like Cover Crops, No-Till Methods

By Michele Skalicky, KSMU/Ozarks Public Radio

Missouri Farmers are trying to work around more frequent floods and drought, which scientists say are the result of climate change. The Missouri Department of Agriculture said it doesn’t currently have anyone in the department looking at the impact of climate change on the state’s top industry, so many farmers are trying to figure out solutions on their own. Read more here.

USDA Photo: No-till farming.

NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS HERE

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DOE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Energy Department to Invest. More Than $5 Million in Tribal Energy Infrastructure Deployment ProjectsBetween 2010 and 2019, the DOE Office of Indian Energy invested nearly $85 million in more than 180 tribal energy projects implemented across the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. These projects, valued at over $180 million, are leveraged by over $95 million in recipient cost share. See the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of these competitively funded projects.

Nebraska Energy Projects 

Source: Tribal Energy Projects Database

SOLAR POWER WORLD VIDEO, ARTICLES & RELATED NEWS RELEASE

In A Post-Pandemic World, Renewable Energy Is The Only Way Forward

By Enrique Dans, Senior Contributor, Forbes

The Economist’s regular cartoonist, KAL, summed it up neatly in his cartoon last week: the battle humanity is waging against the coronavirus is only the preliminary round, and after that, we have a much bigger and stronger opponent waiting for us, called the climate emergency. That some people still may think that something as objectively and scientifically proven is still up for debate could be seen as one of the greatest achievements of the fossil fuel industry. It’s not. It’s the greatest threat to human life. Read more here.

Also written by Enrique Dans: Are We Going To Take Advantage Of This Small Window Of Opportunity For Change?, Forbes

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Solar energy continues its exponential growth, Red, Green and Blue
According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) World Energy Outlook 2019, solar photovoltaic (PV) is set to become the largest source of installed electrical capacity in about 2035, if countries pursue policies as planned.

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BLACK HILLS ENERGY

Pueblo, Colorado, set to vote on exiting Black Hills Energy, forming a municipal utility, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive. The city of 111,000 also has a goal of reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2035, and Pueblo officials think forming a municipal utility will create an easier path toward that goal.

About Black Hills Energy
Founded in 1883, Black Hills Energy serves 1.2 million customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company’s utilities are subsidiaries of Black Hills Corporation.

GREEN BONDS & ESG-LINKED LOANS

Green bonds are growing bigger and broader, GreenBiz article by Meghna Mehta, Senior Associate, MSCI Research

Like green bonds, ESG-linked loans have been growing over the past few years. Several entities have issued green bonds and taken out ESG-linked loans, mostly in the energy and utility sectors, given the pressure that these industries face to move toward a lower-carbon world. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic impacts may be occupying a great deal of investor attention at the moment, but climate change and sustainability remain high on many investors’ — and companies’ — agendas. Green bonds and their offshoots potentially could offer new opportunities to help make the pandemic recovery greener as well.

COMMUNITY SOLAR

  • Denver Receives $1,000,000 For Community Solar Gardens, Press Release from the City and County of Denver. Denver has been awarded $1,000,000 to support the city’s Renewable Denver Initiative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Renewable Energy Challenge grant program. The city’s initiative will equitably accelerate Denver towards its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 by hosting low-cost community solar gardens across municipal properties.
  • So, What Exactly Is Community Solar?, Greentech Media
    In the first of a new series of explanatory articles, GTM will help you understand what community solar is and how it works.
  • Community-Scale/Utility-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar Resource

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

Nissan LEAF rebate extended through March 31

LES News Release

The American Public Power Association and Nissan are extending their popular 2019 Nissan LEAF rebate for the second time. From now through March 31, 2020, Lincoln Electric System customers are eligible for a $3,500 rebate toward the all-electric 2019 LEAF standard edition and $2,500 toward the ePlus edition. In addition to the public power rebate, customers also can get up to $7,500 in federal electric vehicle tax credits. That’s a possible $11,000 off the price of a new 2019 Nissan LEAF.

“This collaboration between Nissan and the American Public Power Association is incredibly valuable for LES customers. Another rebate extension only demonstrates the popularity of this promotion,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “LES is proud to be a customer-owned, public power utility that is able to offer savings like this for our customers in the community.” Continue reading here.

Nissan Rebate Flyer

City adopts financing tool for environmentally friendly projects

By Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

Hastings became the latest Nebraska city to adopt Property Assessed Clean Energy program when the Hastings City Council approved the program’s manual, application and contract form during the council’s regular meeting Jan. 13. Participation in PACE promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy as an economic development tool. PACE financing is for commercial real estate and finances energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy systems. PACE loans serve as gap financing, so the developer would not have to spend as much of its capital to undertake an energy efficiency component of a project. Read more here.

Photo of the Nebraska State Capitol by Rick McCharles / Creative Commons. The Nebraska Legislature passed PACE-enabling legislation in 2016.

MORE NEBRASKA NEWS

CONSERVATION NEBRASKA’S COMMON GROUND EDUCATION PROGRAM 

Workshop aims to build ‘A Sustainable You’ in 2020, by Tim Johnson, The North Platte Telegraph
The meeting was the kickoff to a yearlong program with monthly themes for Conservation Nebraska’s Common Ground Program. Solar energy will be February’s topic.

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Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Message & Call To Action

On December 20th, more than 20 people came to the Lincoln Electric System’s board meeting in support of Brittni McGuire’s request for testimony supporting 100% renewable energy for her 21st birthday. Brittni’s request for a present for the planet demonstrates the kind of leadership and vision that is needed in order to address the climate crisis.

In order to support the efforts of people like Brittni who are demonstrating leadership on climate issues, we want to keep the momentum going; to get LES to set 100% clean energy or net zero carbon goals. We want even more people to speak up in support of clean energy in the coming months to encourage LES to establish attainable goals to make reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to address the climate crisis.

The next LES board meeting is this Friday, January 17th at 9:30 a.m. at 1040 O Street. Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting.

LES Board Agenda

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Website

OPPD Board of Directors Vice Chair Craig Moody Hosting Town Hall

Announcement by Craig Moody

November 7, 2019 at 7 pm
UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 127
6400 University Drive S, Omaha, Nebraska 68182

I’m interested in hearing what issues are important to you and what your vision is for OPPD.

Elected to OPPD’s Board of Directors in 2016 representing Subdivision 5, Moody currently serves as Board Vice Chair. 

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Local View: This week, celebrate public power

By Layne Sup, LES Administrative Board Chair,
Lincoln Journal Star

The week of Oct. 6-12 is Public Power Week, our annual chance to highlight public power and what it means. While public power is honored nationwide this week, Nebraska has special cause to celebrate.

Public power utilities in Nebraska have had a long tradition of providing customers safe, reliable electric service. Ours is the only 100% public power state in the United States because Nebraskans understand the value proposition of public power — affordability, reliability, safety and community control.

Continue reading here.

Related

Your utility: 5 facts about public power, The Wire
American Public Power Association Stats and Facts

  • One in seven Americans are served by a public power utility. More than 2,000 communities – in 49 states and 5 U.S. territories – have a public power utility.
  • 10% of electricity generated in the U.S. is from public power facilities.
  • In 2017, more than 40% of this electricity was generated from non-carbon emitting sources.
  • Public power reduced its carbon emissions by 33% from 2005 to 2017.

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