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Blowing in a New Direction, Renewables on the Rise, Republican Sells Power to OPPD

“It’s worth it to have a hobby I enjoy. I’m a Republican but I still believe in the environment,” said homeowner Ken Engle from his home in Midtown Omaha.

Everything runs off solar in Engle’s house. He said he pumps power out but also gets it back. For Engle, having solar has already paid dividends. He has been selling power back to OPPD and rarely gets a bill.

As solar and wind are...

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The Dilbit Disaster and Keystone XL

The day British Petroleum’s embattled and unpopular CEO resigned due to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, one of the largest inland oil spills and the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history barely made the news.

A million gallons of diluted bitumen oil – dilbit – from the Alberta tar sands had spilled...

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Nebraska’s Clean Energy Future

“There is a large and united coalition growing in Nebraska. It started with the pipeline and it is moving into clean energy,” said Graham Christensen, Director of the Nebraska Farmer’s Union, and member of a new coalition called Clean Energy Nebraska. 

“There are a lot of people working hand in hand. There is no going backward,” he said. The Farmer’s Union, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation,...

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Leaders for a Greener Omaha

Clayton Chapman-Executive Chef, The Grey Plume

The simplicity of chestnut puree blends perfectly with a slice of lemon on a spoon. Details are the highlight of this subtle bar; the lip of a wine glass matches the silverware. This place could be nestled in the hills of San Francisco, celebrities knitted among the seated clientele.

Only this is Omaha. This is The Grey Plume, already so well...

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The High Cost of Transportation

Just twenty years ago, getting from the outer suburban edge of Omaha to downtown only took ten minutes. Now, in the time it takes a travel mug of coffee to get cold, an Omaha commuter will still be battling traffic on a typical workday. Coined by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce as the “Twenty Minute City,” most commute times in Omaha range between 24-25 minutes one way, with higher numbers during...

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NEWS: Update on the Keystone XL pipeline

Story taken with permission from Nebraska.StatePaper.Com Also see: Our April 21 cover story via Prairie Fire: Water Amnesia: Risking our most valuable natural resource for an oil pipeline could prove costly The Legislature gave second-round approval Monday to a bill that mostly gives lip service to the notion that the state would hold builders of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline responsible...

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<p>The TransCanada company wants to install a large-diameter, high-pressure crude oil pipeline called “The XL” through 110 miles of the eight-state High Plains Aquifer, the most valuable portion of which sits under Nebraska’s Sandhills. </p>

Water Amnesia

BY JULIE MEYERS, COURTESY OF PRAIRIE FIRE Scientists now know that ground and surface water should be treated as a single hydrological system, because that's how they behave in nature. Since 1996, Nebraska has changed its law twice to finally recognize this profound connection of surface water and to bring coherency to its water law. But recently, apparently fearful of being viewed by the oil...

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Whirling Crops

When State Sen. Ken Haar drives through Iowa or Colorado and sees the towering turbines that have helped make Nebraska's neighbors national leaders in wind-power production, “It makes me think we've got this great energy resource in Nebraska and we're not using it,” he says. Nebraska is among the country's leaders in potential wind power capacity, but has just nine more wind turbines than it...

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