By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald
Outgoing board member Tom Barrett, who represents northeast Omaha, asked OPPD management whether they had done the research to verify their prediction that most customers would pay the same or less under the new rate structure. Management officials said they had not yet done so. Read the entire article here
OPPD December 2015 Marketing Graphic: “Rethinking Rates”
- Omaha World Herald’s Midlands Voices: This is what democracy looks like, by John Crabtree, of Lyons, Nebraska, Nebraska representative of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
Three years ago, OPPD proposed and quickly approved one of the country’s most regressive rate hikes. The proposal significantly increased the fixed amount that every OPPD customer pays each month, burdening low-income residents and dampening a growing interest in local clean energy projects. OPPD’s board approved the rate hike despite overwhelming opposition, leaving many to wonder if the “public” aspect of public power had been lost.
- Despite pleas to consider the poor, OPPD board OKs revised rate plan, Omaha World-Herald
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OPPD set to replace old-fashioned streetlights with LEDs starting in January, Omaha World-Herald
OPPD management updated the utility’s board Tuesday about a five-year replacement plan for the roughly 100,000 streetlights the district maintains in 13 counties. The new lights are expected to save as much as 25 percent in costs to power them over traditional high-pressure sodium streetlights.
- Council approves 12-month street light conversion to LED, Lincoln Journal Star
- Cleaner Greener Lincoln: LED Streetlight Conversion Project
Turbine plan would strike fair balance, Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board