Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
The State Energy Office for the State of Nebraska is the Nebraska Energy Office.
The vision of the Nebraska Energy Office is for Nebraskans to have reliable and affordable sources of energy that support a cleaner environment and a more secure energy future.
The mission of the Nebraska Energy Office is to promote the efficient, economic and environmentally responsible use of energy. The agency’s principles are that we value teamwork, are customer oriented and are commit-ted to excellence, creativity and innovation.
Visit the Nebraska Energy Office website. Visit NASEO's profile for Nebraska.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
The 2011 Nebraska Energy Plan sets forth the state's vision for future energy use. Its stated goals are to "Ensure access to affordable and reliable energy for Nebraskans to use responsibly; Advance implementation and innovation of renewable energy in the state; [and] Reduce petroleum consumption in Nebraska’s transportation sector." One of the strategies it enumerates is to increase the use of demand-side management and energy efficiency within the unique all-public-power energy sector in the state, though the vast majority of its strategies are supply-side investments. The opportunity for demand-side management in the agricultural sector, specifically in irrigation, is emphasized.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Nebraska does not have any policies in place to require or encourage the reduction of energy use by state agencies.
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EE in New State Buildings
Nebraska does not have any specific policies to encourage energy efficiency in state owned or operated buildings.
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Recognition or Award Program
Nebraska does not have any award programs that recongnize energy efficiency.
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