2014 Unicameral Update Blog

Unicameral Update Blog (04.04.2014)

Nebraska Rural Electric Association Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

  Lineman Appreciation Day     Nebraska Rural Electric Association Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day    NREA is recognizing April 18, 2014, as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking men who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on. We are...

EPA pledges flexibility for states in power plant rule

TheHill.com   Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy sought to reassure state energy regulators Monday that the upcoming rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants would give states a great deal of flexibility. The regulation, which is central to President Obama'...

NPA Board Members Speak on Value of Public Power at Nebraska Chamber Event

    NPA Board Members Speak on Value of Public Power at Nebraska Chamber Event Nebraska’s low electric rates and high reliability create a competitive environment that supports economic development in our state, NPA representatives told attendees at the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s...

Court strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL pipeline

OWH--Omaha.com   LINCOLN — A judge has declared unconstitutional a Nebraska law used to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline.Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled Wednesday that the 2012 law improperly gave the governor authority to approve the pipeline route, said David Domina, an...

Industries unite against Obama's climate change rules

Thehill.com   A coalition of industry heavyweights on Thursday launched what its calling a do-or-die campaign to influence the regulation of U.S. energy production. ADVERTISEMENT Seventy-six business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and...

World-Herald editorial: Right question on MUD, wrong answer

OMAHA.com Credit State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh for his willingness to tackle some big problems — Omaha’s $2 billion, federally mandated sewer upgrade and the city’s pension liabilities. But the senator’s proposed solution, selling the Metropolitan Utilities District and divvying up the money, is the...

EPA publishes Emissions Rule

TheHill.com The Environmental Protection Agency published its rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants on Wednesday to the dismay of coal advocates and the GOP. ADVERTISEMENT The proposed rule, published nearly four months after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced it, is a core...

Nebraska customers set all-time winter peak for NPPD

KRVN.com Columbus, Neb. – Frigid temperatures helped drive up Nebraskans' energy use yesterday, causing the Nebraska Public Power District to set a likely new all time-winter peak for generating electricity . Between the hour of 7 and 8 a.m., as people readied a Monday morning back to school or...

Hitachi Announces Storage Technology for Renewable Energy

Hitachi Ltd. (6501) unveiled an energy-storage system that the company said will support wind and solar power and allow users to sell electricity into deregulated markets such as California. The units can be installed on high-voltage power lines, and will be able to capture excess energy produced...

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