The Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) was founded in June, 2014, by nine Nebraska communities: South Sioux City, Wayne, Central City, Bellevue, Nebraska City, Seward, Holdrege, Lexington and Gothenburg to sponsor its first Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) grant of $403,000 to purchase electric and compressed natural gas vehicles and ChargePoint™ charging stations to demonstrate the economic and air quality benefits. Each participating community contributed fifty percent in local match for a total project worth approximately $800,000.
Today, NCEA is over 30 members and growing, adding to the founding nine communities Dakota County, Allen Consolidated Schools, Valley, Omaha Public Power District, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MPO), Metro Community College, UNO Center for Urban Sustainability, UNL Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at Peter Kiewit Institute, Gretna, Ashland, Lincoln (MPO), Hastings, Kearney, Superior, Minden, North Platte, Grand Island, Fremont, Auburn Department of Public Works, Aurora, and the Nebraska Safety Center.
NCEA was awarded two 2018 grants by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The Trust funds operate as partial match for three utility scale solar projects at Fremont, Gothenburg and Superior, and a micro solar project at Allen Consolidated Schools. A second grant continues the statewide electric vehicle charging station project initiated in 2014. The solar grant funding is for $579,970 for the first year, and $150,000 for a second year. The EV-EVSE grant funding is 566,514 for 2018.
NCEA is an inter-local cooperative agency.
The purpose of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) is to build and promote advanced technologies in buildings and transportation, the two largest users of energy and the two largest generators of harmful emissions in the U.S. NCEA defines an advanced technology as one that saves energy, reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and cuts costs to communities and organizations.
To advance its mission, NCEA organized as an inter-local cooperative agency, a government entity comprised of governments, to submit requests for funding as a primary sponsor with the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The Trust funds grants in the category of Air Quality, requiring demonstration of CO2 reduction and economic benefit to Nebraska, both of which meet the mission of NCEA.
In order to scale the commercialization of advanced air quality technologies beyond governments, direct the planned deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and reduce the cost of building clean energy and transportation infrastructure, NCEA approves a new membership category – the Associate Class. NCEA members of the Associate Class may be an organization, a government, a private enterprise, a utility or an individual. Associates shall not vote on board decisions but grant requests of associate class members are subject to a majority approval of the board. Associates are required to pay a non-refundable annual membership fee of $250, designate a representative to NCEA, and pay a $500 grant-writing fee for any grant on which it is a grant partner and NCEA is the primary grant sponsor.
Meet the Members
South Sioux City - Lance Hedquist, South Sioux City Administrator and NCEA Chair
Ashland - Jessica Quady, Ashland City Administrator and NCEA Treasurer
Bellevue - Joe Mangiamelli, City Administrator and NCEA Secretary
Auburn - David Hunter, General Manager, Auburn Board of Public Works and NCEA Vice Chair
Metropolitan Area Planning Agency - Greg Youell, Executive Director
Lincoln - Frank Uhlarik, Lincoln Sustainability Coordinator
Metro Community College - Sally Hopley, MCC Sustainability Coordinator
Wayne - Wes Bleche, Wayne City Administrator
Dakota County - Bill Rohde, Dakota County Commissioner
Allan Consolidated Schools - Mike Pattee, Superintendent
Central City - Chris Anderson, CC Administrator
Valley - Shawn Isom, Valley Assistant City Administrator
UNO Center for Urban Sustainability - Christine Reed, Director
Omaha Public Power District - Heather Siebken, Product Development Director
UNL Durham School - Dr. Moe Alahmad, Research Lead
Gretna - Jeff Kooistra, Gretna City Administrator
Nebraska City - Jeff Kohrs, General Manager, Nebraska City Utilities
Seward - Greg Butcher, Seward City Administrator
Hastings - Joe Patterson, Hastings City Administrator
Kearney - Eric Hellriegel, Kearney Assistant City Manager
Holdrege - Bob Rager, Holdrege City Administrator
Lexington - Joe Pepplitsch, Lexington City Manager
Gothenburg - Bruce Clymer, Gothenburg City Administrator
Superior - Larry Brittenham, Public Works Director
Minden - Matthew Cederburg, City Administrator
Fremont - Lottie Mitchell, Grants Coordinator
Grand Island - Marlan Ferguson, City Administrator
North Platte - Jim Hawks, City Administrator
Aurora - Rick Melcher, City Administrator
Nebraska Safety Center - Darla Morris, Business Manager Analyst, Nebraska Safety Center
Central Community College - Benjamin Newton, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs