From Left: Michal Lisowyj, David Rich, Courtney Kennedy, Mayor Josh Moenning
Many thanks to event attendees, who posed numerous insightful questions during the discussion session that followed the excellent panel presentation. Nebraskans for Solar also wish to extend our appreciation to the following event moderator and speakers:
Courtney Kennedy, OPPD Alternative Energy Program Manager, moderated the panel discussion and facilitated the Q&A.
Our guest speakers and the topics they discussed are identified below, as well as links to related articles, news releases and resources:
Michal Lisowyj, OPPD Alternative Energy Specialist
Mr. Lisowyj provided an overview of why energy storage is becoming increasingly popular, the technologies being deployed, as well as some that may be used in the future (cryogenic, pumped, flow, etc.). He also presented an overview of OPPD’s grant application for energy storage, summarized OPPD’s 5-megawatt community solar project under construction by NextEra Energy Resources, and provided information on OPPD’s Request for Proposals for 400 to 600 megawatts of solar, detailed in the document, below.
- OPPD Utility-Scale Solar Request for Proposal Overview
- OPPD’s Community Solar Program and Wait List Signup
- OPPD Community Solar Project Construction Updates
- Series: Energy storage tech options grow with changing grid, The Wire
Josh Moenning, City of Norfolk Mayor and founder of New Power Nebraska
Mayor Moenning provided an overview of the City of Norfolk’s planned 8.5-MW community solar project and accompanying battery energy storage system, made possible by a grant award from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. He also briefly discussed New Power Nebraska, an alliance open to the public that he founded to promote the development of wind energy. To learn more about New Power Nebraska and sign up for the group’s newsletter, visit:
- City of Norfolk, NPPD team up for solar project, battery storage, NPPD News Release
- Midlands Voices: Don’t just rebuild after the flooding. Rethink, Omaha World-Herald
David Rich, NPPD Sustainable Energy Manager
Mr. Rich discussed NPPD’s application to the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a 1 MW/2 MWH battery energy storage system in partnership with the City of Norfolk, NPPD’s Request for Proposals, the evaluation of the proposals and their current status and issues raised by the developers regarding potential utilization of the U.S. Investment Tax Credits.
Additionally, Mr. Rich discussed Monolith Materials’ manufacturing facility in Hallam, Nebraska, adjacent to NPPD’s Sheldon Station. Monolith Materials uses a patented process to manufacture carbon black, a common material found in a great number of products, including tires, cellphones, paints, printing inks, plastics and batteries. Hydrogen is a byproduct of the carbon black manufacturing process. Monolith uses natural gas instead of coal-tar and oil, as in the conventional process. Norris Public Power District headquartered in Beatrice is the natural gas provider.
Recommended Reading & Viewing
- NPPD customers can sign up now to use solar energy as Scottsbluff array nears completion, Scottsbluff Star Herald. Traditional power generation costs about $58 per megawatt to produce at the wholesale level. Because solar power comes in at a lower rate, it will help lower the overall cost of electricity for NPPD consumers.
- NPPD’s SunWise Community Solar Program
- Request Community Solar: If you are an NPPD customer and would like to request community solar for your village, town or city, click here to submit the SunWise Community Solar Interest Form.
- NPPD partners with California firm in becoming first U.S. utility to produce electricity from hydrogen, Omaha World-Herald
- Monolith Hydrogen Conversion Process, YouTube Video
- Argonne and University of Illinois to form hydrogen fuel cell coalition, Argonne National Laboratory News Release
Image Credit: Nebraskans for Solar Board Member David Corbin
Top Photo: “Collaboration” by Jamie Burmeister, a sculptor, musician and educator living and working in Omaha. David and his wife, Josie Metal-Corbin, are among the subjects of the miniature sculptures featured in “Collaboration.”