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REAP Irrigation Energy Cost Savings Workshop in Grand Island, Nebraska

Register now for the REAP Irrigation Energy Cost Savings Workshop in Grand Island, NE on November 18 by clicking HERE.



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Come See Us in Grand Island, Nebraska November 18 to REAP Irrigation Energy Cost Savings!

Clean Energy Ambassadors invites you to a hands-on workshop in Grand Island, Nebraska November 18. We are proud to be working with Nebraska Public Power District, USDA Rural Development, the Central Platte NRD, and other cosponsors to offer REAP Irrigation Energy Cost Savings—From Testing Your Pumps to Financing and Completing the Project. The workshop begins at 9:30 am, and will include a demonstration of pump testing, as well a demonstration of other energy-saving diagnostics. It will also include step by step instructions on how to apply for USDA "REAP" grants and loans. A new funding cycle for these funds begins soon, so it is the perfect time to assess opportunities to improve energy efficiency or to use solar or wind generation in ag operations.

Lunch and breaks will be provided. There is a fee for local utility attendees, so they may, in turn, encourage their ag energy customers to come with no charge. Vendors and non-NPPD guests are also welcome. When you…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on October 21, 2014 at 1:30am

Welcome SDREA Members!

The SDREA was formed in 1942 and serves as the member services organization for electric cooperatives operating in South Dakota.  SDREA is devoted to unifying, promoting, and protecting the interests of member cooperatives in South Dakota through training, leadership, communication, legislative services, and other member services.  

I would like to thank the SDREA for inviting me to speak at their annual meeting about how Clean Energy Ambassadors can help their cooperatives increase energy efficiency, utilize available programming, and address the changing regulatory environment. Learn more about the SDREA…


Posted by Emily Stark on October 15, 2014 at 9:33am

Looking for the Facts About Water Heating?

In advance of our October 21 webinar on the storage benefits of electric water heating, we thought it would be useful to give a few resources for you--meaning utility professionals, community leaders, and the rest of us who use hot water--as we face the question, "Which hot water heater is best?"

As I was perusing the blogoshere on this question, this photo (right) caught my eye. That is the same kind of "contact water heater" I recall from a season spent working on rural electrification in Guatemala. It defied the idea that electricity and water do not mix, and in fact, the one in my shower had a few very loose wires, which greatly discouraged reaching up to adjust the showerhead or spending much time bathing, for that matter.

I got this image from…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on October 7, 2014 at 2:57pm

What’s HOT? New, Controlled Electric Water Heaters for "Cooler" Electric Utilities

The Clean Energy Ambassadors October webinar on electric water heaters could change the way you see the future of the electric utility industry. That’s a big promise. But emerging utility interest in balancing energy use from devices as simple as water heaters against energy generation opens all kinds of new possibilities for an affordable, clean energy future.

Gary Connett, director of member services for Minnesota’s Great River Energy (GRE) G&T will be the featured guest at this webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 12 noon Central Time. The webinar is free, with registration here, or in our webinar box, to the left.

 GRE has been a leader in utility demand response for decades. Today, more than 200,000…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on September 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

New Resources for Community Energy Planning

Community energy planning is not a new idea, but it's back in the news lately, as local leaders everywhere try to ease the pinch of higher gas prices and to create more green jobs. If your community is ready to visit--or revisit--this important topic, CEA can offer helpful advice and references! Here is a sampling:
One new release: the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a new report: Local Energy Planning in Practice: A Review of Recent Experiences.It looks at the work of local governments which, like Arlington County, Virginia, have developed plans to capture these benefits for their communities. We're impressed that the ACEEE team has applied knowledege and tools that have been around for decades, to try to come up with a "best practices" strategy for today.


Another source of inspiration is the website of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. This is now an annual conference, which is largely focused on local planning in action. That is, what kinds of local programs and activities might you aim for, considering which have proven exciting and successful already? See and don't miss the YouTube videos of conference "lightening presentations". Also, look for a trend among presentations that use social networking, competitions, and other new marketing techniques. CEA has tapped these resources from time to time for our own work.
This full factsheet will be updated and posted in the Forum Section soon-- Check back next month or drop us a line through the Member Messages tool!




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