This information is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy to assist the public and regulated community.
The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) has received a $3 million planning grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) Program funded through the Inflation Reduction Act. This program is awarding funds to cooperating state and local governments to develop and implement climate action plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Through this award, NDEE will develop a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) due by March 1, 2024, followed by a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) due in late summer of 2025 (within two years of the award date). The PCAP will identify high-priority, readily-implemented actions to reduce GHG emissions, focusing on voluntary actions and financial incentives. The following CCAP is required to explore short-term and long-term GHG emission reduction measures across all sectors of the economy. Both plans will include participation from low-income and underserved communities and include analyses of benefits accruing to those communities along with other required elements. After NDEE submits the PCAP, state and local governmental bodies in Nebraska will be eligible to apply for competitive implementation grants to carry out actions consistent with Nebraska’s plan.
The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy is committed to an open, transparent, and inclusive engagement process for these planning activities. Over the next two years the Department will undertake extensive outreach to stakeholder groups and the public for ideas and comments. NDEE invites stakeholders to join one or more sector-based workgroups to discuss potential GHG emission reduction measures and propose priority measures. The proposed workgroup list includes:
- Agriculture / Natural and Working Lands
- Energy Production
- Buildings, Housing, and Communities
- Energy-Intensive Industries / Waste Management
NDEE presented a public webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023 to provide an overview of the program, current Nebraska greenhouse gas emissions, the elements the plans are required to cover, and information about implementation grants. As starting points for public discussion in later stakeholder working group sessions, the presentation proposed some potential GHG reduction measures that could be implemented in each sector. Links to the webinar recording and presentation slides are below.
CPRG Kickoff Webinar Recording
CPRG Webinar Slides
Join a Stakeholder Workgroup
If you or an organization you represent are interested in joining a stakeholder workgroup to assist with climate pollution reduction planning, please contact the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) at the mail or e-mail addresses below.
The working group sessions will be conducted online via Zoom to facilitate participation across the state. Two sessions are planned for each working group. NDEE encourages stakeholders in each working group to attend both sessions to assist the Department in developing effective and practical greenhouse gas reduction measures. The first session will present example measures and provide stakeholders the opportunity to discuss these and propose alternate measures. The second session aims to refine the scope and scale of individual measures and finalize a list of potential measures for the sector.
The schedule of sessions is as follows:
Agriculture / Natural and Working Lands
Industry / Waste and Wastewater
Buildings / Housing / Communities
You can submit an idea for a greenhouse gas reduction measure to be considered for inclusion in Nebraska’s plans using this web link: https://go.unl.edu/ndee-feedback.
Please describe the measure and provide as much information as possible to ensure full consideration. The web form also allows you to upload supporting documents.
Use the web link or QR code below to register for the sessions in one or more sector working groups. You will receive the Zoom link for each registered session via email. Please download the CPRG Stakeholder Info document from the download list at the top of the page for background information and stakeholder participation guidelines.
The online stakeholder workgroup sessions will be followed in January by in-person public meetings at several locations around the state. The in-person meeting schedule will be posted on this page at a later date.
Written comments regarding Climate Pollution Reduction Planning may be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) at the mail or e-mail addresses below.
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
Attn: Randy Smith – Waste and Air Grant Section
PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509
Join the Climate Pollution Reduction Listserv
The Climate Pollution Reduction “listserv” is a list of e-mail contacts who have subscribed to receive information from NDEE concerning the climate pollution reduction planning activities and events. Stakeholders and members of the public are welcome to sign up for the listserv by following the instructions below.
How to Subscribe to the Climate Pollution Reduction Listserv
To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to email@example.com. Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the email write “Subscribe NDEE-CLIMATEPOLLUTION” followed by your name.
Example: Subscribe NDEE-CLIMATEPOLLUTION John Smith
You will receive an e-mail requesting you to confirm your request. When you confirm by clicking the link, you will be added to the listserv.
To unsubscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email, type
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