The Nebraska Wildlife Federation is a leader in advocating for renewable energy development in our state. Today Executive Director, Duane Hovorka sent Nebraskans for Solar the following message about the next OPPD Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, August 11th at 7 p.m., Bellevue University, John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, Symposium Room, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue Nebraska.
We encourage you to attend and voice your support for OPPD moving ahead quickly to add wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy sources to its mix. In the wake of OPPD’s announcement earlier this summer that it is closing the Fort Calhoun Nuclear power plant, OPPD management said they would look at options for replacing the energy and capacity that will be lost. OPPD also put out a ‘request for proposals’ for up to 400 MW of wind, and up to 100 MW of solar.
We encourage you to:
Voice your support for OPPD to acquire new wind and solar energy for the utility;
Encourage OPPD to expand its energy efficiency program to replace a significant share of what was generated at Fort Calhoun;
Ask OPPD to ‘go slow’ on adding any new natural gas capacity, since rapid advances in battery and other energy storage technologies may make it unnecessary to build expensive new natural gas power plants.
Nebraska Wildlife Federation’s assessment of the impacts of the closure of Fort Calhoun noted that, if OPPD does not add wind, solar, efficiency and other clean energy sources, the net result would be a large increase in carbon and other pollutants if OPPD relies on other power plants in the region to make up the difference. See our analysis on our website here.
We hope to see you Thursday night in Bellevue!!
Duane Hovorka, Nebraska Wildlife Federation