By Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald
The budget includes three major transmission projects and helps bring more renewable energy online. The $200 million Sholes wind farm in Wayne and Stanton Counties is expected to come online next year, bringing with it 160 megawatts of electricity. Additionally, a community solar project east of Fort Calhoun will generate five megawatts when it comes online next summer.
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Lincoln Electric System Photo: The utility’s 5-megawatt solar farm.
Save the Date! Nebraskans for Solar Public Forum:
OPPD’s Community Solar Program, March 13, 2019 at UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 230/231.
Co-sponsored by Allied Organizations.
NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE
By Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media
Widespread deployment of EVs, heat pumps, and other electric technologies could increase U.S. electricity consumption by nearly 40 percent by mid-century, according to a new government report. The report, the second in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Electrification Futures Study series, analyzes the demand-side impacts of a transition to electricity in transportation, residential and commercial buildings, and industry through 2050.
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ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
NEW OPPD VIDEO
Shovels turn to start construction of Sholes facility
Indiana cost consumers $140M by nixing efficiency program, AEC says, Utility Dive
A new report from the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) estimates Indiana’s 2014 decision to do away with its energy efficiency requirements cost consumers more than $140 million, slashed electricity savings and reduced job growth in the state.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Hot weather strains the grid. Here’s how we could fix that, Grist
- Beat the heat’s effects on your electric bill, The Wire, OPPD Blog
- Solar Is at the Forefront of Corporate Advertising, Solar Energy Industries Association
Think solar isn’t popular? Just turn on your TV! Solar energy has taken over media campaigns in the past decade as many companies are looking to build a more sustainable brand. The rise in popularity of solar power and renewables has driven these organizations to make clean energy the centerpiece in multi-million dollar advertising campaigns.
- Detroit Lions installing solar panels at Ford Field and team’s training facility, LionsWire, USA Today
- Solar energy is for seniors, too! — Byers Solar gives the benefits of going solar for seniors, The Union of Grass Valley
- A solar ring and retractable roof will soon hang above a premier Miami concert venue, Miami Herald
- Iowa’s lone nuclear plant to close in 2020 under revised PPA, American Public Power Association