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					Opportunities for Energy Efficiency
   Implementation in Nebraska
                    Neil Moseman
                      August 6, 2009
 Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings:
Research, Development, Education & Training Opportunities
                 Collaborative Workshop

            N E B R A S K A




            ENERGY OFFICE
                  State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds

• State 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:

    o   Advanced Renewable Energy Project Solicitation                     $ 5,000,000
    o   Dollar and Energy Saving Loans                                    $11,000,000
    o   State Building Energy Efficiency                                  $10,000,000
    o   Low income weatherization program                                 $41,600,000
    o   Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants                          $18,800,000
    o   Building Energy Code Training & Enforcement                          $ 315,000
    o   Renewable Energy Curriculum                                       $ 1,910,000
    o   Energy Star Rebates for Consumers                                  $ 1,700,000
            State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Advanced Renewable Energy Project Solicitation
Recovery Funds: $5,000,000             Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 65
Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 65 million Mbtus
 • Solicitation issued July 24, 2009
 • Deadlines:
     o Letter of Intent        September 3, 2009
     o Application             November 3, 2009
 • Key Criteria:
     o By March 30, 2012, the project must be generating measurable amounts of energy
     o A cash match of at least 15 percent is required
     o Project must meet the renewable energy criteria guidelines, e.g. demonstration of
     cutting edge technology
     o Project must comply with Recovery Act requirements on labor, environment and
     manufactured materials
• Grants awards: $5,000 to $5,000,000
• URL: http://www.neo.ne.gov/grants/energygrants.htm for solicitation, forms and to ask
   questions
          State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds

Dollar & Energy Saving Loans – Retrofitting for Energy Efficiency

  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 state
   • Elements common to “green buildings” will likely be included in some of the
     projects
         State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Retrofitting State Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency
Recovery Funds: $10,000,000        Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 110
Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 143 million Mbtus
• $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
      o $600,000 for state colleges
      o $1.8 million for community colleges
      o $3.6 million for NU system
           Up to $400,000 for woody biomass project at Curtis
           University is matching Recovery funds dollar for dollar
           Projects on the campuses are still being refined, subject to change
              • UNK – chilled water controls, lighting and windows
              • UNL – occupancy sensors, air handling controls, lighting
              • UNO – window replacements
              • UNMC – projects to be determined
Weatherization Assistance Program $41.6 million
 The 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.
              State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants                 $18,800,000
Smaller cities and counties competing                           $9.6 million
Cities and Counties applying directly                           $9.2 Million
 • State plan submitted June 25, 2009; approval expected October 2009
 • State Plan elements:
    o $9.6 million available for grants to 83 counties and 500+ cities
    o 20% match required
    o $250,000 grant maximum
    o Types 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 improvements
        Renewable 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 Enforcement
Recovery Funds: $315,000                       Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 5
Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 152.4 million Mbtus
 • Energy 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 industry
 • Work to update the state’s building codes as appropriate
 • Increase the state’s efforts on building energy code compliance and inspections
          State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Renewable Energy Curriculum
Recovery Funds: $1,910,000            Estimated Jobs Created/Retained: 21

• Curriculum development and equipment acquisition activity at the state’s community
  colleges
• Solicitation 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
            State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds

Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebates $1,710,000 for Consumers
•State plan due to U.S. Department of Energy on October 15, 2009
• Only certain residential appliances are eligible and must meet Energy Star standards:
  o Boilers
  o Central air conditioners
  o Clothes washers
  o Dishwashers
  o Freezers
  o Furnaces – oil and gas
  o Heat pumps – air source and geothermal
  o Refrigerators
  o Room air conditioners
  o Water heaters

• State to determine rebate process and amount of rebates, subject to federal approval
          Very High Energy Efficiency Homes
          Construction Financing $3,000,000
(Non-Recovery Funds)

 • These homes, rated at Energy Star’s highest standard – Five Star Plus, would
   be eligible for construction financing at 2.5% interest
 • Loan maximum is $417,000
 • Homes must be pre-sold or custom designed
 • No spec homes eligible for financing
 • Plans must be reviewed by a certified Home Energy Rater, then submitted to
   the Energy Office for review to ensure Five Star Plus standards are met
 • One year to complete construction
 • A second, post-construction home energy rating is conducted to verify the
   home was built to Energy Star Five Star Plus standards
 • Construction loan converted to long term loan
           State Plan to use Recovery Act Funds
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds
Recovery 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 Education
Retrofitting of school buildings and other activities
• Application made through Nebraska Department of Education
• Schools 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 million
• Funds 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 area
 • School must have at least 35% of the students in the “free lunch program”
 • In-kind match funds must be available
 • No interest bonds
                         What are “Green Jobs?”
• Potential demand for “green jobs” in Nebraska (still being refined)
  o Renewable energy generation
     Ethanol Maintenance Mechanics
     Hydro-Electric Operations Maintenance Workers
     Civil Engineers (Solar Operations & Wastewater Plant)
  o Transportation
   Automotive Specialty Technicians
   Truck Driver, Heavy and Tractor Trailer
   Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics
  o Energy Efficiency
     Building & Facilities Managers
     Construction Managers
     Building Maintenance Engineers
  o Green Construction
     Construction Managers
     Civil Engineers
     Construction Laborers
     Water Purification System Service Technicians
                     What are “Green Jobs?”
Potential demand for “green jobs” in Nebraska (still being refined)

o Research, design and consulting
   Green Job Trainers
   Green Material Construction Trade Instructors
   Environmental Construction Engineers
o Environmental protection
   Environmental Planners
   Environmental Engineers
o Agriculture and forestry
   Solid Waste (Energy) Engineers Managers
o Manufacturing
   Shipping, receiving and traffic clerks
   Ethanol Maintenance Workers
   Machinists
  Recovery Act Education and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants $50 Million
Eligible 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 individual State grants ranging from approximately
$750,000 to $1,250,000. Individual grant awards to consortium applicants will range
from $2 to $4 million, contingent upon adequate justifications and availability of
resources.
  Recovery Act Education and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
Energy Training Partnerships $100 Million
Eligible Applicants: National labor management organizations with local networks OR
statewide or local non-profit partnerships.

Purpose: To fund projects that provide training and supportive services as appropriate,
that lead to employment in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
Registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship strategies are strongly encouraged.

In Nebraska: UNL and Nebraska Department of Labor are working together to apply for
this grant. Partnering entities: Nebraska Workforce Investment Board, community
colleges, State Office of Apprenticeship, Nebraska Energy Office, Department of
Economic Development, FutureForce Nebraska, Department of Education, Nebraska P-
16, local union, and business and industry. The group is leaning towards training and
placement services in the renewable energy and energy-efficient building, construction
and retrofit industries.

Size of Grants: ETA intends to fund 20 – 30 projects ranging from approximately $2 to
$5 million each.
  Recovery Act Education and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
Pathways Out of Poverty $150 Million
Eligible Applicants: National or local entities who have experience serving one or more of the following
groups: unemployed individuals, high school dropouts, individuals with criminal records and/or
disadvantaged individuals within areas of high poverty.

Purpose: To fund projects providing training, education and job placement assistance for
individuals seeking pathways out of poverty and into employment in Green Industries and
occupations.

In Nebraska: The Green North Omaha Eco-Village sponsored by the Empowerment Network and
Empower North Omaha is working on this proposal with Ken Dobson. Partners on this project
include: Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Metro Community College, Impact One
Community Connection, African-American Achievement Council of Omaha, Urban League of
Nebraska, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, City of Omaha, Nebraska Energy
Office, Nebraska Workforce Development/Department of Labor, Tri County Workforce Investment
Board, Trade and Union organizations.

Size of Grants: ETA intends to fund grants ranging from approximately $3 to $8 million for national
grantees, and grants ranging from approximately $2 to $4 million for local grantees.
  Recovery Act Education and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
State Energy Sector Partnership $190 Million
Eligible Applicant: State Workforce Investment Board

Purpose: To fund training projects that will prepare and place individuals into any of the
following seven areas:
 • Energy-efficient building, construction, and retrofit industries
 • Renewable electric power industry
 • Energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicle industry
 • Biofuels industry
 • Deconstruction and materials use industry
 • Energy efficient assessment industry serving residential, commercial or industrial sectors
 • Manufacturers that produce sustainable producing using environmentally sustainable
   processes and materials

In Nebraska: Initial conversations with UNL, Nebraska Workforce Development/Department
of Labor, Governor’s Office and the Nebraska Workforce Investment Board regarding this
RFP. This proposal is currently under consideration. Partners have not yet been established.

Size of Grants: ETA intends to fund grants ranging from approximately $2 to $6 million.
  Recovery Act Education and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
Green Capacity Building Grants $5 Million
Eligible applicants: Department of Labor grantees who received funding through Indian
and Native American Program, Farmworker Jobs Program, Prisoner Re-entry Initiative,
Senior Community Service Employment Program, Women in Apprenticeship and Non-
Traditional Occupations, Advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century,
Youth Build and Young Offender grants.

Purpose: To provide training for entry-level positions leading to career pathways and/or
additional training in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

In Nebraska: The Youth Build Program currently run by Goodwill Industries in Omaha
will be applying for this proposal. This will be a joint project between Goodwill and
Habitat for Humanity.

Size of Grants: ETA intends to fund between 50 and 100 grants ranging from
approximately $50,000 to $100,000.
Recovery Act Opportunities for Nebraskans
                Features at the Energy Office
                Recovery Web Site

                This section contains a
                listing of nationally
                competitive energy project
                funds that is updated
                continuously. Sign up for the
                RSS feed so that you can
                quickly spot funding
                opportunities.
                                                Energy Office Green Building
                                                  Resources and Activities

                                               • Energy Office provided construction financing for the
                                                 state’s first Net Zero Energy Home built in Lincoln in
                                                 2009 by Rezac Construction
                                               • Recycled Content Product Database at
                                                http://www.neo.ne.gov/home_const/recycled_content.htm
                                               • Resource Efficient Construction Design Details
Net Zero Energy Home from Rezac Construction
                                                 Database
                                                 http://www.neo.ne.gov/home_const/design_details.htm
                                               • Green Building Nebraska Certified Homes and
                                                 Buildings (Drawings and Plans)
                                                http://www.neo.ne.gov/home_const/greenbuilthomes.htm
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