Energy Incentive Programs, Nebraska

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Updated April 2015

In 2013 Nebraskan utilities budgeted over $15 million to promote demand side management in the state.

What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?

Nebraska has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) offers a number of incentive programs:

  • ECO 24/7 provides whole-building commissioning and facility optimization assistance;

  • The Innovative Energy Efficiency Project (IEEP) Incentive program covers 50% of the cost of pre-approved energy studies (maximum $10,000 per building). An incentive of $400 per kW of peak demand reduction is also available for the implementation of projects that reduce annual energy consumption by at least 10%. Pre-approval is not required for these projects, but buildings must have either a metered electric bill in excess of $30,000 annually or a building gross floor area in excess of 30,000 ft² to qualify.

  • The Lighting Incentive program offers rebates for a variety of efficient lighting equipment including LEDs and custom projects. Projects must be completed by an approved Lighting Trade Ally.

  • The Commercial Heat Pump program offers a one-time incentive of $50 per nominal ton for qualifying air-source, water-source, and geothermal heat pumps. Turnkey solutions are also offered for geothermal and water-source heat pump designs.

  • Tools such as energy information systems and surge guards are also available through OPPD.

Lincoln Electric System (LES) offers rebate programs and assistance through its Sustainable Energy Program (SEP) on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible technologies and projects include insulation, air conditioners and certain air- and ground-source heat pumps, energy management systems, systems commissioning, compressed air systems, lighting, occupancy sensors, and variable frequency drives. Custom projects are also considered.

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD)’s EnergyWise program offers financial incentives and technical assistance to commercial and industrial customers for a variety of energy-efficient equipment upgrades and measures including lighting, premium efficiency motors, variable frequency drives, and commercial HVAC. Both prescriptive and custom measures are covered. EnergyWise is offered by a number of public power electric utilities throughout the state, in partnership with NPPD. Incentives exceeding $5,000 require pre-approval.

What load management/demand response options are available to me?

Omaha Public Power District offers several curtailment riders, which pay customers for agreeing to provide energy load curtailments and/or activate on-site generation for a limited number of times per year. The riders differ based on the amount of load curtailment and whether participation is on a mandatory (where remuneration is higher) or voluntary basis.

The Nebraska Public Power District offers an Energy Curtailable Service Rider for customers who wish to voluntarily reduce their load during an Energy Curtailment Period (ECP) by a minimum of 50 kW.  Each time the District declares an ECP, it sends advance notification to participating customers providing the start and finish times of the event, the $/kW price to be paid for load reduction, and the deadline for accepting the offer. This rider may be combined with other rider rate schedules.

What distributed energy resource options are available to me?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation.  Nebraska currently has no programs of this type open to federal customers.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government?

No state energy efficiency programs are currently available to federal customers. For information on future opportunities, contact the Nebraska Energy Office.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide contracts through GSA (such as OPPD) may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available in GSA’s Energy Division Library. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.