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This is being sent out on behalf of the Nebraska Energy Assistance Network.

NEAN Advisory Members: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraska Head Start Association, Nebraska Propane Gas Association, Nebraska Public Service Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension


March 19, 2009

Jan Davis, Black Hills Energy, 402-935-4868


March 27 Energy Affordability Symposium in Omaha

Lincoln – Current economic times have put a lot of families under stress, especially those having trouble meeting their energy and other basic needs. But, it goes far beyond just paying a monthly utility bill. This symposium is another step in bringing the community together to seek solutions for the future. The March 27 symposium is sponsored by the Nebraska Energy Assistance Network (NEAN). The symposium will be held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street in Omaha from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with check-in from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

“We especially want leaders from community-based organizations, local/state government and utility companies to attend,” said Judi Martin, NEAN President. “We’ll be talking about community efforts underway to bring about a more focused approach to addressing challenges faced by Nebraskans. These truly are community-wide concerns requiring community-wide involvement.”

Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will open the symposium by reviewing a study funded by an Energy Savings Potential grant from Omaha Public Power District. This study was launched to help identify needs and solutions, with the collaboration and support from all NEAN members.

Roger Colton, Fisher, Sheehan and Colton, Public Finance and General Economics of Belmont, Massachusetts authors the “Annual Home Energy Affordability Gap” report and we will hear how Nebraska compares; rural vs. urban differences-similarities. At 1:00 p.m. keynote speaker David Carroll, president of APPRISE Incorporated of Princeton, New Jersey, will talk about integrated solutions to energy affordability problems.

Registration costs $25 for NEAN member companies and employees or $35 for non-member companies. Go to to register by using your credit card until March 24th.


NEAN Members:
American Red Cross Heartland Chapter, Black Hills Energy, Blue Valley Community Action, Catholic Social Services, Cedar Knox Public Power District, Central Nebraska Community Services, Community Action of Nebraska, Dawson Public Power District, Elkhorn Rural Public Power District, Goldenrod Hills Community Action, Lincoln Action Program, Loup Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District, Nebraska Center for Children and Families, Nebraska Public Power District, North Central Public Power District, NorthWestern Energy, Omaha Public Power District, SourceGas, Stanton County Public Power District, The Salvation Army, Heartland Chapter, United Way of the Midlands