The mission of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance is to build and promote advanced technologies for housing and transportation that save energy, reduce CO2 pollution and cut costs.
The high and rising cost of conventional power and transportation fuel acts to leach a community of its wealth. Advanced housing and transportation technologies help communities keep those energy dollars at home.
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 35 members and growing. Additional members are Dakota County, Allen Consolidated Schools, Valley, Omaha Public Power District, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MPO), Metro Community College, UNO, 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 at UNK, The Nature Conservancy, Stromsburg, Central Community College and Norfolk. Associate Members are Lincoln Electric System and Nebraska Public Power District.
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.
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. NCEA publishes the economic and environmental benefits of each project at this site.
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.