By David Bracht, West Point native and director of the
Nebraska Energy Office from 2015-2018, Norfolk Daily News
OMAHA — Clean and affordable wind energy is powering homes and fueling economic growth. In 2018, no other state grew its wind energy capacity faster than Nebraska, and in 2019 no state is better positioned than Nebraska to reap the benefits associated with this important renewable energy resource. In past generations, states with significant fossil fuel resources — namely coal and oil —could count on jobs, tax revenue, and opportunity as those resources were developed. While not devoid of traditional energy resources, Nebraska has never topped the list of fossil fuel states. But we are at the top when it comes to wind — and that has major positive implications for our future. Continue reading here.
MORE NEBRASKA NEWS
- Petros PACE closes $1.7 million loan to help build sports complex in Lincoln, RE Journals
Petros PACE Finance, LLC has closed a $1.7 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction with Manzitto, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based commercial and residential real estate developer, marking the first C-PACE project in Lincoln.
- Round-up of renewable energy PPA news (April 8-28), Renewables Now
Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corporation has signed a VPPA tied to a 74-MW wind farm that will be built in Nebraska.
- Drew Las Vegas won’t open for another three years, but it’s already looking into leaving NV Energy, Las Vegas Review-Journal. An affiliate of Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska, Tenaska Power Services is an energy management services provider. It already works with a number of local companies, including Caesars Entertainment Corp., and others have expressed interest in switching to the provider.
- OPPD accelerates streetlight replacement program, American Public Power Association
NU’s Engineers Without Borders clean up club’s adopted Lincoln stream, by Faith Idachaba, The Daily Nebraskan. The students at the University of Nebraska system focus on solar panel installation in Madagascar and a bridge project in Zambia, according to chapter president and senior civil engineering major Capri Keeler. Domestically, EWB-NU adopted a stream in October 2013 through the Nebraska Wildlife Federation Adopt a Stream program. The program is designed to educate Nebraskans about conservation, according to its official website.
- Kearney, Lexington, Loup City helping spearhead solar schools project, The Kearney Hub
OMAHA — Nebraska Solar Schools has been awarded $31,250 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a pilot project within its Solar Energy Education and Development Program: 100 Solar Energy Kits for 100 Nebraska Schools. The focus of the new pilot project is on K-12 schools in Nebraska towns and cities that have developed or plan to develop solar projects, including rooftop solar, solar farms or other installations.
- Moving Ahead on Minnesota Clean Energy Legislation, Union of Concerned Scientists
Championed by Rep. Jean Wagenius and other legislative leaders, the House legislation would create the Solar For Schools Program and appropriate $16 million from the state’s renewable development funds to install solar at schools (the Senate version includes funding for this program, although at a much lower level).
- Solar schools: Stanford research examines overlooked benefits of solar panels on U.S. campuses. Rooftop solar projects at schools could reduce harmful air pollution, help the environment and enhance student learning while cutting electricity costs, a new study finds. Overall, the energy switch could deliver benefits valued at $4 billion.
RENEWABLE ENERGY AGGREGATION
In Texas, aggregating public demand is pushing renewables to ‘record low prices’, Utility Dive
The Texas Renewable Energy Co-op (TREC) has received multiple bids for wholesale electricity below its $0.03/kWh target on 12-year contracts, according to the state-selected facilitator tapped to develop a new procurement option for municipal entities, school districts, utility districts, water authorities, state agencies and universities.
Green Mountain Power pilots Tesla batteries as meters, Utility Dive