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TAKE ACTION to Help Protect Affordable Electricity

Make the switch to LED

 

TAKE ACTION to Help Protect Affordable Electricity

On June 2, 2014, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule seeking to cut carbon emissions from Nebraska’s existing fossil fuel power plants by 26 percent by the year 2030.

Coal fired power plants provide two-thirds of our state’s electricity.  These plants provide an affordable source of electricity that can be depended upon around the clock.  The proposed rule would force the closure of many coal fired power plants across the nation, placing in jeopardy the affordability and reliability of our electrical system.

The EPA is asking for public comment on this rule and we are asking you to Take Action.  The public comment period will be a very important part of the rule-making process, and we need the EPA to know that Nebraskans are very concerned about the impacts of excessive regulations from the EPA.

We thank those of you that have participated in these Action Alerts in the past.  Please continue to be active on these issues.  The more you are aware of the impacts these regulations have on your pocketbooks, and the more active our rural membership is on these issues, the more likely we are to see the EPA listen to our concerns.

Following is the text of the comment that will be submitted when you TAKE ACTION. There is an opportunity to add your own words to make it more personal. This comment will be sent on your behalf to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

I oppose the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants because we need to balance our country’s energy needs with environmental concerns. It’s very important that we all have the electricity needed to run our lives and the economy.

The potential for these new regulations to dramatically raise energy prices and cost thousands of hard-working American jobs is too great.

I’m a member of my local not-for-profit public power district and these proposed regulations have me really concerned.

These new plans to regulate power plants don’t work for my family, my community or our nation’s economy.

 Take Action Now!

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Step into the light. Make the switch to LED lamps and receive a $5 per bulb incentive for residential services. Click here to download an incentive application form.

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In recent years, LEDs have taken the lighting industry by storm. Simply put, an LED is a chip of semiconducting material that releases energy in the form of light. LEDs are used just like ordinary bulbs. However, not all LED products are created equal. They may vary in quality, energy use, and life span. Be sure to do your research before purchasing, and look for the ENERGY STAR label.

More about LEDs:

  • They last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lights and 4 or more times as long as fluorescents.
  • They produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs.
  • They light up instantly and many are dimmable.
  • They waste little energy because most of the light may be directed where it is needed.
  • They do not contain mercury.
  • They generate almost no heat, which can help reduce air conditioning costs.

With so many choices of lighting available today, it is easier to compare “lumens” which is an actual measure of brightness, with the amount of energy (Watts) consumed.

Check the labels. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) worked with manufacturers to develop a new label for all residential lamp packaging. It includes brightness (in Lumens), estimated operating cost, life expectancy, color of light (warm, cool), and energy used.

Beginning in 2014, you can receive $5 per LED bulb incentive for residential services. Download the Residential LED incentives application and guidelines form here.

If you have any questions on the 2014 energy efficiency program incentives, please call our Energy Services Representative, Mark Gronau, at (800) 675-2185.

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