TAKE ACTION to Help Protect Affordable Electricity
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.
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.
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.
Wind Power Production in Nebraska
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has developed a feature that allows anyone with internet access to monitor the output of Nebraska wind farms, including Ainsworth (60 MW), Broken Bow (80 MW), Crofton (40 MW), Elkhorn Ridge (80 MW), Laredo Ridge (80 MW), Springview (3 MW), and Steele Flats (80 MW).
The wind farm output is displayed on two graphs that are updated every 30 minutes. The first graph displays the total Nebraska wind power output. The second graph allows the user to view any one or all of the individual wind farm outputs. You can visit the site by clicking the following link: NPPD Wind Monitors.
The maximum total output of the Nebraska wind farms is 423 MW. As a quick comparison, NPPD’s largest coal-fired power plant, located at Sutherland, NE, has a maximum output of 1,200 MW, whereas NPPD’s Cooper Nuclear Plant has a maximum output of 800 MW. NPPD must be able to generate or purchase at least as much electricity as its highest peak ever reached, 3,036 MW in July of 2012, at any single point in time.
Because wind generation is a variable power resource, NPPD adds it to their mix when it is available. The graphs will show how much electricity the wind farms have generated at various times throughout the previous five days. The graphs illustrate which hours the wind farms have generated at their capacity, as well as other times when we have to rely upon other power plants.
Wind farms can play a valuable role in generating electricity, yet we promise our customers reliability—ensuring electricity is available around the clock. Every hospital, industry, and homeowner deserves that, which means we must use other fuels like nuclear, coal, and natural gas, too.
Elkhorn Rural Public Power District purchases 100% of its electricity from NPPD, so when NPPD states that they plan to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables, it is understood that 10 percent of the electricity sold by ERPPD will come from renewable sources.
“Elkhorn Rural Public Power District is dedicated to providing SAFE, RELIABLE,COST-EFFECTIVE electricity for ALL customers.”