On July 1, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) officially merged with the Nebraska Energy Office to become the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. The merger had been approved unanimously by the Nebraska Legislature on March 15, following an earlier hearing at which then-NDEQ Director and ECOS Vice President Jim Macy testified in its favor. Governor Pete Ricketts, who initially proposed the merger, ratified the decision.
The 217-employee NDEQ assumed the energy office’s 15 full-time employees, who primarily administer low-interest loans for energy efficiency and renewables projects across the state. Macy will serve as Director of the combined agency.
For more information on the merger, visit the agency’s website.