David Bracht: Nebraska - An Energy State
This is a discussion of renewable energy resources in Nebraska including biofuels, biogas, biomass, solar and wind energy)
About the Speaker
Name: David Bracht
Agency/Division: Nebraska Energy Office
David Bracht was appointed as the Director of the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in January 2015. Bracht serves on the Governor's Cabinet as the principle advisor on energy policy. As Director, Bracht is responsible for leadership of agency operations including administration of Nebraska’s Weatherization Assistance Program, management of the state’s $48 million Revolving Energy Loan Program and implementation of the State Energy Program. Since Bracht’s appointment, NEO has initiated several programs to encourage energy efficiency and save cost for local and state government facilities. NEO also leads the Access Ethanol Nebraska program, which is focused on doubling the number of fuel dispensers in Nebraska offering E-85, E-15 and other high-ethanol blends utilizing a $2.4 million grant under the USDA Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership.
Prior to his appointment, Bracht co-founded and co-lead the renewable energy and biofuels practice groups at two midwestern-based law firms, advising clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, wind and solar energy, as well as agribusinesses and businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products. Bracht has more than 30 years experience in business, government and law, including positions in Washington, DC as Associate Manager of USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Director of Finance for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. A Nebraska native, Bracht lives in Omaha and continues to be involved in his family’s farming operation in northeast Nebraska.