Tag Archives: Nebraska Power Association

Supportive energy policy shines spotlight on rural Nebraska

Written by Lu Nelson, Policy Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs,
Contributing Opinion, The Grand Island Independent

Through net metering, homeowners are able to save on
energy rates while utilities gain access to local,
renewable energy that they can use to meet the needs
of other customers. Meanwhile, the installation of
generating systems like solar panels brings jobs to communities where consumers are looking to invest in projects. In Nebraska, the solar industry already
supports more than 1,300 jobs, and there is plenty of room for the industry to grow as panels continue to get cheaper and more efficient.

Legislative Bill 509 in the Nebraska Legislature would raise the existing cap on the size of projects that qualify for net metering. Allowing consumers to send more of their excess renewable energy to the grid helps lower costs, creates new economic opportunities, and promotes energy independence. Read more here.

LB 509: Redefine the terms net metering and qualified facility and change powers and duties of a local distribution utility

Upcoming Legislative Hearing
Nebraska Legislative Bill 678: Create the Volkswagen Settlement Cash Fund and provide duties for the Department of Environmental Quality
Introduced by Senator Tony Vargas
LB 678 Appropriations Committee Hearing: March 20. 2019 at 1:30 pm in Room 1003
Appropriations Committee
Senator John Stinner, Chairperson jstinner@leg.ne.gov
Senator Kate Bolz kbolz@leg.ne.gov

Senator Robert Clements rclements@leg.ne.gov
Senator Myron Dorn mdorn@leg.ne.gov
Senator Steve Erdman serdman@leg.ne.gov
Senator Robert Hilkemann rhilkemann@leg.ne.gov
Senator Mike McDonnell mmcdonnell@leg.ne.gov
Senator Tony Vargas tvargas@leg.ne.gov
Senator Anna Wishart awishart@leg.ne.gov

Testifier Guide (PDF)
Written Position Letter
If you are not testifying in person and would like to submit a written position letter to be
included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered to the office of the committee chair (or emailed to the committee chair) of the committee conducting the
hearing on the bill by 5:00 p.m. on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Additionally, the letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

Upcoming Event: Nebraska Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Conference

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is partnering with the Nebraska Power Association to host the conference on March 25, 2019 at 10 am at the Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Avenue in York. On-site registration and exhibits start at 9 am.

The free conference is intended for those interested in installing public electric vehicle chargers and also for members of the public interested in the development of public electric vehicle charging in Nebraska. If you would like to participate in lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the day, the fee will be $20 per person.

View Agenda.
To register, visit: www.evnebraska.com.

Nebraska steers VW money to ‘clean diesel’ school bus subsidies

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network

Critics say Nebraska is spending too much of its Volkswagen settlement money on subsidies for diesel buses when it should be investing in electric vehicles. The Nebraska Department of
Environmental Quality has distributed about a quarter of its $12.2 million share from the
automaker’s emissions cheating settlement. The money has helped cities and districts purchase 45 buses, with all but two of them running on diesel, propane or compressed natural gas. The agency also plans to put about $3 million into an existing clean diesel program, which pays
toward the replacement or retrofitting of trash trucks, school buses, long-haul trucks and
irrigation systems. Continue reading here.

Photo: Charging station for low-maintenance, zero-emissions electric school buses.

Nebraska Legislative Bill 678: Create the Volkswagen Settlement Cash Fund and provide duties for the Department of Environmental Quality
Introduced by Senator Tony Vargas
LB 678 Appropriations Committee Hearing: March 20. 2019 at 1:30 pm in Room 1003 

Nebraska Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Conference

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is partnering with the Nebraska Power Association to host the conference on March 25, 2019 at 10 am at the Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Avenue in York. On-site registration and exhibits start at 9 am.

The free conference is intended for those interested in installing public electric vehicle chargers and also for members of the public interested in the development of public electric vehicle charging in Nebraska. If you would like to participate in lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the day, the fee will be $20 per person. To register, visit: www.evnebraska.com.

Lineworkers Rodeo set for Saturday at fair

News Release, The Grand Island Independent

Hosted by the Nebraska Power Association. The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 am.

Electric line technicians from across Nebraska will take center stage as they compete in the seventh annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Nebraska State Fair’s Motor Sports Track in Grand Island . . . The public can also visit the Nebraska Power Association’s public power station, just outside the Heartland Events Center. Hands-on activities and safety demonstrations will help fair attendees learn more about the electric industry. The all-electric Chevy Bolt will be on display, in addition to the Little Lineworkers Rodeo, Public Power 360 Virtual Reality demo, STEM Robotics Challenge and much more . . . Other activities taking place at the NPA booth include designing a light switch, a solar panel display, the pedal power energy activity, public power plinko trivia game, electrical safety displays and public power information. Read the entire release here.

About The Nebraska Power Association
Now in its fourth decade, NPA is comprised of the 166 utilities that produce and deliver electricity to Nebraskans. NPA is a voluntary organization representing all segments of Nebraska’s power industry: municipalities, public power districts, public power and irrigation districts and cooperatives engaged in generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity within our state. The 166 members of NPA are listed here.

As announced in our latest newsletter, the J-Tech Solar Sustainability Pavilion will also provide exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages at the fair. Click link for details:

J-Tech Solar Sustainability Pavilion – Nebraska State Fair

Fairmont wind farm to supply Perennial Public Power District

By Andy Raun, Region/Farm News Editor, Hastings Tribune

FAIRMONT — Perennial Public Power District is partnering with an Omaha company to secure its own exclusive supply of renewable wholesale electricity through a small wind farm to be built west of here. Representatives of the Perennial district, which is based in York and serves York and Fillmore counties, joined leaders from Bluestem Energy Solutions Friday morning at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Fillmore County Wind Farm west of Fairmont. The turbines will be built along U.S. Highway 6. In the news release, Perennial and Bluestem say the arrangement is unusual for a rural public power district, which does not generate its own electricity but purchases it wholesale from an agency like the Nebraska Public Power District. Read more here.

“According to the American Wind Energy Association, 1 megawatt of wind power can meet the power needs of about 300 households for a year.” The Fillmore County Wind Farm will generate 6.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 2,000 households for a year, and it is expected to contribute approximately $4 million to the local economy.

Photo Credit: Beatrice Daily Sun

About Bluestem Energy Solutions
The Bluestem business model is focused around value-based solutions and helping to improve the long-term economics of our customers’ electrical distribution services. The electric utility industry is changing rapidly with new opportunities, customer preferences, and technology options. Our model is based on customizing a solution, specific for the unique situation of each one of our customers.

Bluestem Energy Solutions currently has three employment positions open:
Project Manager, Development Associate, and Research Intern
. Click here for additional details and contact information.

Two More Bluestem Energy Solutions Projects in Nebraska

About Perennial Public Power District
Perennial Public Power District is an electric utility centered at the crossroads of the Midwest (the intersection of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 81) in York, Nebraska. Perennial distributes electricity to over 8,000 customers throughout York and Fillmore counties including twelve towns and villages. Perennial is a public corporation and political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, which is governed by a locally elected 6-member Board of Directors.

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