The likelihood of a charging station coming to Grand Island increased in March, when the city joined the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance . . . The alliance uses grant funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, which receives 44.5 percent of the profits of the Nebraska Lottery. The Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) was founded in 2014 as an inter-local cooperative agency. The alliance’s mission is to “build and promote advanced technologies for housing and transportation that save energy,” reduce carbon dioxide pollution and cut costs. One way Grand Island might get a charging station is through Volkswagen’s settlement with the federal government over the car manufacturer’s misleading use of diesel engines. Read the complete story here.
Photo by Jeff Bahr: Eldon Gunderson shows what’s under the hood of his Tesla Model S during a stop Friday at the Tesla charging station near Bosselman Travel Center. He and his wife, Barbara, were traveling from South Dakota to their home in Goodyear, Arizona.
Only a few hundred cars in Nebraska are fully electric, but the number is on the rise—along with the number of places those cars can charge up. Some Nebraska towns are hoping that makes it easier for electric car drivers to leave town. Clickhere to read more.
Don Cox, Tesla enthusiast who teaches an electric vehicle class at UNL. More than 370,000 orders have already been placed for Tesla’s next car, the more affordable Model 3, which won’t even hit the road until late this year.
Anne McCollister, co-founder of the nonprofit Nebraska Community Energy Alliance. With funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, McCollister’s group has helped 27 communities and partners around the state install electric car charging stations.
This year’s Smart Energy Talks event is designed to help you identify and correct barriers to your health and comfort at home through presentations, demonstrations and discussions with experts. The free event is scheduled for Saturday at the Milo Bail Center on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Dodge Street Campus near 62nd and Dodge Streets. Starting at 9 a.m., author and lecturer Corbett Lunsford will present his “Home Performance Crash Course” — a 90-minute presentation about improving performance in existing homes and how to build a healthy, efficient new home. Lunsford will also discuss and show video of his #TinyLab — a 210-square-foot home. Attendees will receive a free “Proof is Possible” workbook written by Lunsford. Click here for additional event details and opportunities.
Photo: Corbett Lunsford poses near his #TinyLab and an array of solar panels. Lunsford will speak Saturday during the Smart Energy Talks at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Milo Bail Student Center.