SEP Funds Expanded the Longstanding Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program to Help Nebraskans Affected by Flooding

Entities affected by flooding received loans

$2.6 million
Loan funds administered

$2.95 million
In energy efficiency improvements realized


In Nebraska, the State Energy Office leveraged SEP funding to expand the Dollar and Energy Saving Loan (DESL) Program to assist households recovering from damages sustained from intense flooding. Nebraska was impacted by unprecedented flooding in March and June of 2019. Eighty-four of Nebraska’s 93 counties received Presidential disaster declarations. A combination of frozen ground and rivers, and extremely heavy snow and rain, produced conditions never before experienced in Nebraska. It has not been possible to determine the total monetary impact of the storms; conservative losses are well over one billion dollars. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy offered SEP-supported Dollar and Energy Saving Loans at a reduced 1% interest rate to help Nebraskans affected by the flooding.  Over 175 residential and commercial entities received loans for various energy efficiency projects. Over $2.65 million in DESL funds were used to leverage over $2.95 million in energy efficiency improvements.  Windows, doors, foundations, insulation and heating and cooling systems could all be included in the 1% loans.

Contact Information for the Nebraska Energy Office