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Summary

Nebraska's 162 electric utilities are all publicly-owned. There is utility-sector energy efficiency activity statewide with Omaha Public Power District, Nebraska Public Power District and Lincoln Electric System accounting for the majority of utility program spending and efforts; other energy efficiency activities are at 84 other utilities. The Nebraska Energy Office administers a loan program for energy efficiency improvements using federal and trust funds.  

There are 16 publicly-owned and four investor-owned natural gas utilities in Nebraska.  Nebraska’s natural gas utilities do not offer energy efficiency programs at this time.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Customer Energy Efficiency Programs

All electricity customers in Nebraska are served by publicly owned utilities. More than 80 electric utilities offer a variety of energy efficiency programs for their customers: Nebraska natural gas utilities do not offer energy efficiency programs at this time.

There also are loan programs available to customers in the Nebraska Public Power District.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

There is currently no EERS in place. 

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.


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August 9, 2013


Alternative Business Models

There is currently no policy in place that decouples utility profits from sales. 


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August 9, 2013


Reward Structures for Successful Energy Efficiency Programs

There is currently no policy in place that rewards successful energy efficiency programs.


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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency as a Resource

While there is no EERS in place, the three largest electric utilities have established savings goals for customer demand-side management programs.  Additionally, all three of the largest electric utilities in the state have integrated resource plans as well as a number of smaller municipal electric systems. Those utilities in the state that receive annual allocations of federal hydropower produced electricity (which met 6.9 percent of the state’s electric need in 2010) must periodically submit a multi-year integrated resource plan (IRP). These plans must detail ways that the utility will reduce electricity use through energy efficiency and demand side management activities.


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August 13, 2013


Evaluation, Measurement & Verification
  • Cost-effectiveness test(s) used: TRC, UCT, PCT
  • Uses a deemed savings database: yes

The evaluation of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs is not formally required in Nebraska, and the rules for benefit-cost tests are not specified. Evaluations are administered by the utilities and are conducted statewide and for each of the utilities. Nebraska uses three of the five classic benefit-cost tests identified in the California Standard Practice Manual. These are the Total Resource Cost (TRC), Utility/ProgramAdministrator (UCT), and Participant (PCT) test. Nebraska specifies the TRC to be its primary test for decision making. The benefit-cost tests are required for portfolio and total program level screening. 


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August 20, 2013