The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is committed to using energy efficiently and ensuring that the energy produced from renewable and carbon-neutral sources is equal to the amount consumed. UNO is dedicated to making the most of existing, efficient building spaces. By designing, constructing and operating buildings sustainably, universities can create a safe and healthy environment for their community while using resources more effectively. When it comes to harnessing renewable energy sources in Omaha, Nebraska, there are two main challenges: Nebraska's reliance on coal for energy production and the initial investment needed to manufacture wind turbines and solar panels.
However, with the help of the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), businesses can achieve their sustainability goals. From 1960 to 1980, renewable energy in Nebraska consisted of conventional hydroelectric power and biomass. As a percentage of primary energy consumption, renewable energy consumption remained relatively stable until 1995, when the percentage began to rise. Whether your interest in renewable energy stems from a desire to offset the effects of distributed energy production (burning coal, transmission inefficiency), becoming independent from the power grid, saving energy costs, or ensuring the stability of energy costs going forward, Morrissey Engineering can identify and design a renewable energy system that is right for you.
Nebraska Public Power serves areas outside of Lincoln and Omaha, providing wind, hydroelectric and nuclear power production from its Brownsville facilities to rural customers in Nebraska. The best way to mitigate these short-term effects is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation. For Nebraska to invest in more renewable energy sources, it is necessary to increase power grid infrastructure to provide greater reliability and reduce congestion. In addition to the environmental benefits, sustainable buildings tend to have a lower operating cost due to the efficient use of resources.
Renewable resources covered 23 percent of Nebraska's energy consumption, as shown in the following data table. Nebraska's wind power potential ranks third in the country, but it's half as far as renewable energy production is concerned. At Morrissey Engineering we understand that transitioning to renewable sources can be daunting. We are here to help you make sense of it all.
We will work with you every step of the way from assessing your current situation to designing a system that meets your needs. We will also provide ongoing support throughout the life of your system.