Power Drive Hits Home Stretch

By admin On April 28th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

Power Drive 2009 is entering its final week with the State Championships set for this Saturday, May 2, 9 am, at Mid-America Motorplex, 19340 Jessup Ave, Pacific Junction, Iowa.  Despite some weather cancellations, this year’s competition has been great.  Click here to see the results of the events held so far. 


OPPD Aims Green for Earth Day

By admin On April 22nd, 2009 in Uncategorized /

OPPD people are this week participating in a variety of Earth Day observances, including the Elmwood Park event scheduled for Noon to 5 PM on Saturday, April 25 (rescheduled from April 18 due to weather).  The OPPD reps will be staffing a booth and providing information on a variety of energy-related topics, including the Energy Star Program, going paperless by using eBill, the OPPD Green Power Program, various utility Energy Information Center programs, and the Energy Advisor service.  OPPD employee will also support Earth Day activities at a variety of local businesses over the next several days. 

You don’t have to attend an Earth Day event to get a little greener in your life.  Consider becoming a Green Power Partner and power your home or business with energy produced with renewable resources. Click here for details.  

You might also consider taking the Energy Star Pledge.  It’s a great way to demonstrate your commitment to wise energy use, and it provides you with a few reminders of how to meet that commitment, too.

And do the simple things around your home — turn off lights, use compact fluorescent light bulbs, weatherize, use appliances smartly, and so forth.  Check the Energy Advisor for more easy ways to save energy.


GreenFlicks Win GreenBacks

By admin On April 17th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

The first Project GreenFlick competition is history.  There were 17 entries (including one from New York), and all of them had something to offer in terms of educating, informing and entertaining – great job, all of you green video producers, directors and actors!  The judges had to work hard to identify the best of the best, but, all the tabulations are in and it’s time to announce the winners.  So, here goes:

First Place:

Bad Energy Karmathe story about a girl named Bad Energy Karma who wastes energy and doesn’t consider the consequences of her actions.  Produced by Elle Poore, Cameron Dygert, Alex Ives, Kelly Geschwender, Hailey Larsen, North High School.

Second Place:

Typographical Erroran animated short in which a trio of characters discover how much they help the environment.  But are they a little bit misinformed?  Maybe.  Produced by John Fluehr and Ellen Fluehr, St. Thomas Aquinas Home School.

Third Place:

RecycleHannah and Laura take you on an adventure with their recycling bin and tell you facts that could change your mind about recycling and conserving.  Produced by Hannah Zabka, Laura Salkeld, Kaleigh Davis, North High School.

The first place winners will receive $500, second place winners will get $250, and third place finishers will receive $125.  Their respective schools will receive like amounts.  In addition, every student named on an entry form as participating in production of a video will receive an AimGreen t-shirt – the primary producer for each video should contact lzagurski@oppd.com or kwullschleger@oppd.com for more information about how your team members can claim their shirts.

All the entries will remain on the aimgreenomaha.com YouTube channel for the near future — you can click here to see them or go to the Project GreenFlick link at the top of this page.  And, hey, and we’re already dreaming up the next contest — keep coming back for more, and thanks for being a part of the effort. 


Power Drive Continues to Roll

By admin On April 13th, 2009 in Uncategorized /


Power Drive is halfway through its 2009 rally schedule — a list of remaining events follows.  Click here for results of the rallies held so far this year in Hastings, Lincoln and Columbus.

Remaining Rallies

  • Bulldog Classic: Sat., April 18, 9 a.m., Memorial Park, 4th Street & North Tabor Ave., North Platte
  • Wayne State College Spring Rally: Sat., April 18, 9 a.m., First National Center, 1100 E. 10th St., Wayne
  • Kearney Power Drive: Sat., April 25, 9 a.m., Kearney Raceway Park, North Dragstrip Road, two miles north of I-80 (exit 279) on State Route 10
  • Power Drive Championships: Sat., May 2, 9 a.m., Mid-America Motorplex, 19340 Jessup Ave., Pacific Junction, Iowa
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    Conserving Electricity: It’s elementary!

    By admin On April 10th, 2009 in Energy Saving Tips /

    Students in Mrs. Ebers’ kindergarten class at Trumble Park Elementary know what’s up when it comes to energy conservation. These kids came up with a list of eight things they can do to conserve electricity in class and at home.

    Right on!

    1. Turn off the lights when we leave the classroom.
    2. Turn off the radio when we leave the classroom.
    3. Turn off the computer when we are not using it for long periods of time.
    4. Turn off the TV, projector, VCR and/or DVD player.
    5. Unplug appliances.
    6. Turn off lamps when they are not needed.
    7. Turn off video games when they are not in use.
    8. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient CFLs.