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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

Nebraska clean energy plan focuses on wind, solar, efficiency

By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star

A clean energy coalition urged Nebraska on Wednesday to focus more on development of wind and solar power sources along with energy efficiency to help build a more environmentally friendly and healthier future. The coalition’s Husker Power Plan would “ramp up Nebraska’s investment in energy-efficiency measures like weatherizing homes and businesses, replacing outdated lighting systems and motors and reducing wasteful use of energy,” said Duane Hovorka, former executive director of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation. Continue reading here.

‘Husker Power Plan’ aims to cut greenhouse emissions while keeping electric costs low, creating jobs, by Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald
The Husker Power Plan calls for doubling the state’s use of wind power over the next five years and adding 129 megawatts of community solar energy projects. The plan, done by the consultant Sommer Energy, also recommends aggressive work to reduce electric consumption by 2 percent a year.

Husker Power Plan for Electric Utilities (PDF)
Consultants Report: – The Husker Power Plan: A New Energy Plan for Nebraska (PDF)

Climate change would have icy impact on state’s economy, speaker says

By Robert Pore, The Grand Island Independent

Matthew Gregory of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation spoke to the
Grand Island Rotary Club Tuesday

At the end of 2016, Nebraska ranked 17th in the nation for wind energy facilities installed capacity, but it ranked fourth in the country in wind energy resources. Based on the sun index level, Nebraska is ranked 13th among the states with the greatest energy potential from solar power, according to a sun index developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), using data provided by NREL’s Renewable Resource Data Center. Gregory said the Nebraska Wildlife Federation is working on a comprehensive plan to create a greater clean energy solution for Nebraska using wind and solar resources called “The Husker Power Plan.”

Read more here.

Panelists explain how solar energy benefits Kearney

By Tarrah Gibbons, NTV News

Nebraska Public Power District has been working more than a year with the city to develop its third Sun Wise community solar project in the state. They will be also working to market 7,099 community solar shares. Read more or watch the newscast here.

Photo: Panelists explain how solar energy benefits Kearney at a public presentation hosted by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation. When completed, the 5.8-megawatt farm will be the largest solar project in Nebraska. Credit: NTV News

The panelists included: Dave Richardson, Kearney Clean Energy Group; Graham Christensen, GC Revolt; John Crabtree, Nebraska Sierra Club; Cliff Mesner, Mesner Solar Development.
Moderator: Melissa Freelend, Nebraska Public Power District

UNK will purchase more than half of the electricity from Nebraska’s largest solar farm in Kearney

What is SunWise?

SunWise is a community solar program available in participating Nebraska Public Power District retail communities. Eligible customers have the opportunity to use solar energy to partially power their homes and businesses without the need to invest in a rooftop or home-based system.

Participating Communities

  • Venango – fully subscribed
  • Scottsbluff – fully subscribed
  • Kearney – shares available starting September 15, 2017

Public invited to tour new Kearney Center at Central Community College on Thursday

CCC’s new Kearney Center a real gem
Kearney Hub Opinion

The 11 a.m. ribbon cutting will be followed by tours through 8 p.m. [New facilities in Kearney] include structures and installations such as the Health Science Education Complex at UNK, the 400,000-square-foot distribution center at Baldwin Filters, and SoCore’s 53-acre solar array that will be Nebraska’s largest when it goes online in January. Read more here.

Central Community College Address1215 30th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska 68845


Solar Energy Community Forum

Message from the Nebraska Wildlife Federation about OPPD’s Next Board Meeting

NEWFlogo (1)The Nebraska Wildlife Federation is a leader in advocating for renewable energy development in our state. Today Executive Director, Duane Hovorka sent Nebraskans for Solar the following message about the next OPPD Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, August 11th at 7 p.m., Bellevue University, John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, Symposium Room, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue Nebraska.

We encourage you to attend and voice your support for OPPD moving ahead quickly to add wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy sources to its mix. In the wake of OPPD’s announcement earlier this summer that it is closing the Fort Calhoun Nuclear power plant, OPPD management said they would look at options for replacing the energy and capacity that will be lost. OPPD also put out a ‘request for proposals’ for up to 400 MW of wind, and up to 100 MW of solar.

We encourage you to:

Voice your support for OPPD to acquire new wind and solar energy for the utility;

Encourage OPPD to expand its energy efficiency program to replace a significant share of what was generated at Fort Calhoun;

Ask OPPD to ‘go slow’ on adding any new natural gas capacity, since rapid advances in battery and other energy storage technologies may make it unnecessary to build expensive new natural gas power plants.

Nebraska Wildlife Federation’s assessment of the impacts of the closure of Fort Calhoun noted that, if OPPD does not add wind, solar, efficiency and other clean energy sources, the net result would be a large increase in carbon and other pollutants if OPPD relies on other power plants in the region to make up the difference. See our analysis on our website here.

We hope to see you Thursday night in Bellevue!!
Duane Hovorka, Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Nebraska Wildlife Federation Assessment: Closing Fort Calhoun an Opportunity to Add Renewable Energy

NEWFlogoThe Omaha Public Power District board voted to close its Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station at a board meeting Thursday morning in Omaha. A Nebraska Wildlife Federation assessment shows that the move will increase carbon pollution and other climate gases, unless it is offset with a renewed commitment by OPPD to wind, solar, energy efficiency, Smart Grid and other clean energy solutions. Download Nebraska Wildlife Federation’s Assessment here.

OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station is the smallest commercial nuclear power plant operating in the US, and OPPD management has cited high operating costs in its recommendation to close the power plant. The Federation analysis says short-term the replacement power would almost certainly come from power plants fueled by coal and natural gas, adding pollution to our atmosphere. The Federation analysis says adding 600 MW of new wind energy, 50 MW of new solar energy, a dedicated energy efficiency program designed to reduce customer energy use by 2% per year, and smart grid and new energy storage technologies could avoid the air pollution impact, and would be affordable for OPPD customers given the low cost of wind, solar, and energy efficiency.

Nebraska’s Clean Energy Future

By Kietryn Zychal, The Reader

Graham“There is a large and united coalition growing in Nebraska. It started with the pipeline and it is moving into clean energy,” said Graham Christensen, Director of the Nebraska Farmers Union, and member of a new coalition called Clean Energy Nebraska. “There are a lot of people working hand in hand. There is no going backward,” he said. The Farmer’s Union, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, The Nebraska Sierra Club and The Center for Rural Affairs are members. Each organization appeals to a different audience. Continue reading.

Clean Energy Nebraska’s Website: www.cleanenergynebraska.org
Photo: Graham Christensen, District Director of the Nebraska Farmers Union, Owner of GC Resolve LLC

Lincoln Electric System Earns Conservation Award

LESLincoln Electric System was named the Nebraska Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year last Tuesday for its leadership in adopting clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, wind and solar. In 2011 LES was getting just 8% of its electricity from renewable energy. Since then, investments in energy efficiency and landfill biogas and contracts to obtain wind energy and build the largest solar farm in the region will take Lincoln Electric System to 48% renewable energy by 2016. LES officials say the new wind and solar contracts finalized last December will save its customers over $429 million over the life of the contracts.

Dr. Don Wilhite was awarded the Federation’s Conservation Educator award
 for his work on the University of Nebraska’s 2014 report on the implications of climate change for Nebraska, and his work since then to educate policy-makers, industry leaders and the public about climate change.


Announcement from Clean Energy Nebraska: www.cleanenergynebraska.org
Nebraska Wildlife Federation website: www.nebraskawildlife.org
Lincoln Electric System: www.les.com

Thank you notes from Nebraskans for Solar

First of all thank you to John Atkeison, Energy Policy JohnAtkeison
Director for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Co-Director of Clean Energy Nebraska, for his well-presented and well-received public forum on May 14th at the Community Engagement Center on the topic of “Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska.” His discussion generated numerous questions from the audience. We appreciate your leadership and your outstanding work, John, in renewable energy advocacy and education.

Thank you and congratulations to Creighton University Erin Cheesegraduate Erin Cheese, who served on Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors for one-and-a-half years. At Creighton she was a double major in Energy Science and Applied Physical Analysis, working on material science research in the physics department. Collaborating with other Creighton students, she co-founded the Creighton Energy Science Club, with the objective of developing campus and community outreach projects with Nebraskans for Solar and other organizations. Erin was recently accepted as a Junior Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. We will miss her, and we wish her all the best.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Nebraskans for Solar OG Logo
during Omaha Gives! Your donations will have a “double impact,” as an anonymous donor has matched each gift. Nebraskans for Solar is a completely volunteer organization, so 100% of all gifts will be put to work on our community outreach projects.

Thank you to Fuse Coworking and Lincoln Artist Jamie Burmeister FuseCoworkingSharedesk.net
for hosting today’s panel presentation in Lincoln from 4 to 6 p.m. @ Fuse Coworking, 800 P Street. The panelists are:

  • Robby Bearman, Senior Operations Manager for Uber, the ride-sharing service that has been gaining traction over the past few years.
  • Scott Benson: Manager, Resource & Transmission Planning, Lincoln Electric System.
  • Jon Dixon is a mentor of UNL Engineers Without Borders: World Energy Project, and he is a board member of Nebraskans for Solar.
  • Jamie Burmeister is the artist behind that LUV U LUV: Message Matters exhibition where he signaled a message in morse code with lights over the Haymarket. His small, life-like figures are currently in every nook and cranny at FUSE.

As always, there will be plenty of networking, cold beer, and fancy wine! See you there!

FUSE Coworking is located at 800 P Street in Lincoln, on the 3rd Floor above the Dock – the loading area on the West side of The Mill Coffee Shop.

For additional details, please visit: www.facebook.com/NebraskansForSolar 

Thank you to Ken Johnson, who is Vice President of Communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association and who is on NFS’ ListServe, for his information about SEIA’s new video, “Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth.” It’s just 4 minutes long & fun to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFMkL2QIduY

Finally, thank you everyone for all you are doing to advance solar energy in our state!

Nebraskans for Solar