N E B R A S K AE N E R G Y O F F I C EOpportunities for Energy Efficiency Implementation in NebraskaNeil MosemanAugust 6, 2009Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings: Research, Development, Education & Training Opportunities Collaborative Workshop
State Plan to use Recovery Act FundsState Plan for use of Recovery funds approved June 10, 2009, but only half of the funds have been released to the state. Balance of funds to be released based on performance. Highlights: Advanced Renewable Energy Project Solicitation Dollar and Energy Saving Loans State Building Energy Efficiency Low income weatherization program Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants Building Energy Code Training & Enforcement Renewable Energy Curriculum Energy Star Rebates for Consumers
$ 5,000,000$11,000,000$10,000,000$41,600,000$18,800,000$ 315,000 $ 1,910,000$ 1,700,000
Advanced Renewable Energy Project SolicitationRecovery Funds: $5,000,000Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 65Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 65 million MbtusSolicitation issued July 24, 2009Deadlines: Letter of IntentSeptember 3, 2009 ApplicationNovember 3, 2009Key Criteria: By March 30, 2012, the project must be generating measurable amounts of energy A cash match of at least 15 percent is required Project must meet the renewable energy criteria guidelines, e.g. demonstration of cutting edge technology Project must comply with Recovery Act requirements on labor, environment and manufactured materialsGrants awards: $5,000 to $5,000,000URL: http://www.neo.ne.gov/grants/energygrants.htm for solicitation, forms and to ask questions
State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds Recovery Funds: $11,000,000 Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 135 Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 113.1 million Mbtus
$11 million will be added to the Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program for 2.5% loans for commercial and industrial sector building improvements, including K-12 schools Maximum loan amount $750,000 (upward revision from $100,000-$175,000 on existing maximum loan amount)While individual project specifics are not known at this point, projects will improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the stateElements common to green buildings will likely be included in some of the projectsDollar & Energy Saving Loans Retrofitting for Energy Efficiency
Retrofitting State Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency Recovery Funds: $10,000,000 Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 110Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 143 million MbtusState Plan to use Recovery Act Funds$4 million to make energy efficiency improvements in state government buildings under the management of Administration Services State Building Division$6 million to make energy efficiency improvements on the University of Nebraska, state and community college campuses$600,000 for state colleges$1.8 million for community colleges$3.6 million for NU systemUp to $400,000 for woody biomass project at CurtisUniversity is matching Recovery funds dollar for dollarProjects on the campuses are still being refined, subject to changeUNK chilled water controls, lighting and windowsUNL occupancy sensors, air handling controls, lightingUNO window replacementsUNMC projects to be determined
Weatherization Assistance Program $41.6 millionThe Weatherization Assistance Program provides free home energy efficiency improvements for Nebraskans with low to moderate incomes: Single adult$21,660 Family of four$44,100 Family of eight$74,020
An average of $6,500 in improvements will be made in each home. Some of the improvements will make the home more green such as installation of high efficiency heating systems.
Nebraska-produced cellulose insulation will be added to nearly all homes.
The program may include consumer education.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants $18,800,000Smaller cities and counties competing $9.6 millionCities and Counties applying directly $9.2 MillionState plan submitted June 25, 2009; approval expected October 2009State Plan elements:$9.6 million available for grants to 83 counties and 500+ cities20% match required$250,000 grant maximumTypes of projects eligible:Lighting replacements for traffic signals and street lighting using energy efficient technologies such as Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)Building retrofits for making energy efficient improvementsRenewable energy generation projects using wind, solar, biomass or fuel cells$455 Million in nationally competitive grants State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Building Energy Code Training and EnforcementRecovery Funds: $315,000Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 5Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 152.4 million MbtusState Plan to use Recovery Act FundsEnergy Office will provide information on residential and commercial building energy codes and conduct training and certification of city and county code officials and members of the construction industryWork to update the states building codes as appropriateIncrease the states efforts on building energy code compliance and inspections
Renewable Energy CurriculumRecovery Funds: $1,910,000Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 21State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds Curriculum development and equipment acquisition activity at the states community collegesSolicitation will be developed for proposals in the areas of wind, solar and biomass The goal is to increase the number of Nebraskans who can install and maintain renewable energy systems in the state
Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebates $1,710,000 for ConsumersState plan due to U.S. Department of Energy on October 15, 2009 Only certain residential appliances are eligible and must meet Energy Star standards:BoilersCentral air conditionersClothes washersDishwashersFreezersFurnaces oil and gasHeat pumps air source and geothermalRefrigeratorsRoom air conditionersWater heaters
State to determine rebate process and amount of rebates, subject to federal approvalState Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
These homes, rated at Energy Stars highest standard Five Star Plus, would be eligible for construction financing at 2.5% interestLoan maximum is $417,000Homes must be pre-sold or custom designed No spec homes eligible for financingPlans must be reviewed by a certified Home Energy Rater, then submitted to the Energy Office for review to ensure Five Star Plus standards are metOne year to complete constructionA second, post-construction home energy rating is conducted to verify the home was built to Energy Star Five Star Plus standardsConstruction loan converted to long term loan
Very High Energy Efficiency HomesConstruction Financing $3,000,000
Nebraska Department of Economic DevelopmentRecovery Zone Economic Development BondsRecovery Zone Economic Development Bonds are a new type of bond created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress in February 2009. They may be used to finance government projects with economic development outcomes.
Economic development activities qualified under this program include:Expenditures for public infrastructure and construction of public facilities. Expenditures for job training and educational programs. Capital expenditures paid or incurred for property in Recovery Zones.
State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Nebraska Department of EducationRetrofitting of school buildings and other activitiesApplication made through Nebraska Department of EducationSchools must apply to Nebraska Department of Education to receive authority to get No-Interest Recovery Bond Funds from a bond issuing authority
Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB)Omaha will receive $16-$17 million; Remainder of state shares $32 millionFunds must be used for school repairs or land purchases to build schools (some conditions apply on how the money can be used)
Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)School must be in a low income or poor areaSchool must have at least 35% of the students in the free lunch programIn-kind match funds must be availableNo interest bonds
State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Potential demand for green jobs in Nebraska (still being refined)Renewable energy generationEthanol Maintenance MechanicsHydro-Electric Operations Maintenance WorkersCivil Engineers (Solar Operations & Wastewater Plant)TransportationAutomotive Specialty TechniciansTruck Driver, Heavy and Tractor TrailerTransportation, Warehousing and LogisticsEnergy EfficiencyBuilding & Facilities ManagersConstruction ManagersBuilding Maintenance EngineersGreen ConstructionConstruction ManagersCivil EngineersConstruction LaborersWater Purification System Service Technicians
What are Green Jobs?
Potential demand for green jobs in Nebraska (still being refined)
Research, design and consultingGreen Job TrainersGreen Material Construction Trade InstructorsEnvironmental Construction EngineersEnvironmental protectionEnvironmental PlannersEnvironmental EngineersAgriculture and forestrySolid Waste (Energy) Engineers ManagersManufacturingShipping, receiving and traffic clerksEthanol Maintenance WorkersMachinistsWhat are Green Jobs?
U.S. Department of Labor State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants $50 MillionEligible Applicant: State Workforce Agency Nebraska Department of Labor
Purpose: Data collection and estimations related to Green Industries, occupations and skill requirements.
In Nebraska: A consortium of states is applying for this grant: Nebraska along with Wyoming, Utah, Montana (lead applicant), North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.
Size of Grants: ETA intends to fund individu
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