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Workshop and Webinar Events for November!

December's webinar will take place on December 16, 2014 at Noon Central Time.  Please check back soon for registration!


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Thank you and November Webinar available online

I would like to thank everyone who participated in or sponsored the REAP Workshop in Grand Island, Nebraska last week.  It was a very informative and educational workshop with over thirty people in attendance.  We look forward to bringing this content to more folks in the near future via additional workshops.  If you are interested in hosting a similar workshop, please contact  

While those of us down there were in the workshop, Jill Cliburn presented a webinar on Community Owned Renewable Generation.  This webinar is now available in the Videos section and the webinar slides are available under the Utilities section. 

Posted by Emily Stark on November 25, 2014 at 10:00am

Keep the "Community" in Community Wind and Solar

If you spend much time toiling in the clean energy field, I’m sure you have heard of community shared solar and community wind. Community renewables is an established and still-evolving segment of the renewable energy market, through which customers invest in a share of a project and receive production-based returns.

Photo: Duck River EMC in Shelbyville, TN launches a community solar project near two local schools.

We hope you'll join us to talk about these projects and more on November 18, when Clean Energy Ambassadors hosts a free webinar on Community Renewables. I am especially looking forward to this webinar, because I will be…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on November 10, 2014 at 6:00pm

Halloween may be over, but are your customers still dealing with vampires (as in vampire loads)? A smarter power strip may help!

As the halloween season winds down, it is a good time to consider the effects of vampire loads on the electric bills of your customers.  These energy thieves are also known as phantom loads.  A vampire or phantom

load occurs when a device is still drawing power, even though it is switched off. What is truly scary is that it is estimated that these loads can add up to $200 per year percustomer in consumption.  The good news is there is a new technology that can reduce or eliminate this power suck without changing the way consumers use their devices. 

New advanced power strips or APS can help to reduce or eliminate these vampire/phantom loads in your consumer's homes.  Currently there are five types of APS: masterless, master controlled, remote controlled, motion/activity sensing, and…


Posted by Emily Stark on November 3, 2014 at 1:19pm

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

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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