The state of Nebraska is dedicated to achieving its energy objectives and implementing new renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Nebraska State Energy Program provides loans and grants to agricultural producers and small rural businesses for renewable energy systems or to make improvements in energy efficiency. At this time, the Omaha Metropolitan Public Utilities District (OPPD) does not have any energy efficiency programs specifically designed for low-income households. However, the OPPD Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to help meet the emergency energy needs of homes located in OPPD's 13-county service area.
The initial design of the Nebraska State Energy Program focused on the “starting areas” of Omaha and Lincoln, which were chosen for their oldest building park and potential energy improvements. This program helps increase the energy independence of the United States by increasing the supply of renewable energy in the private sector and decreasing energy demand through improvements in energy efficiency. In a state where energy costs are low and an efficient home workforce had not been established, Omaha and Lincoln took on the challenge of promoting comprehensive home energy improvements among homeowners, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Nebraska State Energy Program is an excellent way for Omaha residents to take advantage of renewable energy opportunities.
By taking advantage of these grants and loans, Omaha residents can help reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money on their utility bills. Furthermore, by investing in renewable energy sources, Omaha residents can help ensure a more sustainable future for their city.