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Local View: This week, celebrate public power

By Layne Sup, LES Administrative Board Chair,
Lincoln Journal Star

The week of Oct. 6-12 is Public Power Week, our annual chance to highlight public power and what it means. While public power is honored nationwide this week, Nebraska has special cause to celebrate.

Public power utilities in Nebraska have had a long tradition of providing customers safe, reliable electric service. Ours is the only 100% public power state in the United States because Nebraskans understand the value proposition of public power — affordability, reliability, safety and community control.

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Your utility: 5 facts about public power, The Wire
American Public Power Association Stats and Facts

  • One in seven Americans are served by a public power utility. More than 2,000 communities – in 49 states and 5 U.S. territories – have a public power utility.
  • 10% of electricity generated in the U.S. is from public power facilities.
  • In 2017, more than 40% of this electricity was generated from non-carbon emitting sources.
  • Public power reduced its carbon emissions by 33% from 2005 to 2017.

News From Other States

Lithium Batteries

Public power and electrification

By Sue Kelly, President and CEO of the
American Public Power Association

The bad news (at least from a traditional utility perspective) — for the past few years, electricity loads of many public power utilities have been flat or even declining. The good news — the future looks a lot more electric. From all-electric homes to electrified transport, increased use of electricity is seen as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money. This transformation is already happening. Read more here.

Also Published by the American Public Power Association

Young’s focus: Supporting businesses, building teams

By Paula Lukowski, The Wire, OPPD Blog

An engineer by trade, Wyndle Young enjoys math and science, but he also has an affinity for music, entertainment and sports. That combination has come in handy for Young. He has shaped a successful career on the customer-side of the energy business over the past 27 years by blending his technical and social interests. Now, he is developing a new business strategy for small and mid-size commercial customers as manager of Mid/Small Commercial & Industrial Sales & Services for OPPD. The department develops, implements and manages core business and product and service programs for approximately 40,000 commercial customers. Continue reading here.

Additional Recommended Reading

  • OPPD solar program sold out, waitlist has begun, by Laura King-Homan, The Wire
    It only took 49 days for OPPD residential customers to purchase all available shares of the utility’s new community solar program.
  • 5,000 Square Miles, by Paula Lukowski, The Wire
  • Legislation would make public power eligible for storage grants, American Public Power Association Blog. The American Public Power Association is voicing support for legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate that would boost research and development of technologies to increase energy storage capabilities and make public power utilities eligible for storage technical assistance and grants. 

Lincoln Electric System receives grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

LES News Release

Lincoln Electric System announced that it will receive $20,200 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for their electric vehicle data collection project. LES began collecting data for its two-year study, focused on charging behaviors and the associated impact on our local grid in November 2018 and will conclude in 2020. The electric utility is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering to investigate customers’ charging and driving behaviors in the Lincoln area. FleetCarma, a leader in studying electric vehicle fleets, is helping facilitate the study by providing the data collection platform and anonymizing the data for customer privacy. Read more here.

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Electric Vehicle Interest Group
Own, lease or just interested in electric vehicles? LES would like to keep you informed and engaged. Enroll in our electric vehicle interest group, and we’ll notify you about educational gatherings and periodically share information about the evolving world of electric transportation.

Trump order on coal, nuclear power could force Nebraska, Iowa utilities to raise rates

By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald

Many utilities, including local ones, have committed millions of dollars to wind and solar projects, signing contracts with significant penalties if broken. Utilities also belong to regional groupings that require certain levels of production. “The bottom line of what it would do is increase our prices,” said Anne McGuire, vice chair of the Omaha Public Power District board. “We would have to increase our rates, which we wouldn’t be too happy about.” The president on June 1 ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to boost struggling coal and nuclear plants. Read the entire article here.

Omaha World-Herald print title: Utilities wary of possible requirement to use more coal, nuclear power

Photo Courtesy of Lincoln Electric System: OPPD is planning to build a solar array near Fort Calhoun similar in size to Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares 5-megawatt Solar Farm.

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American Public Power Association urges DOE to reject FirstEnergy plea for emergency order

By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association News

The American Public Power Association is urging the Department of Energy to reject a request by FirstEnergy Solutions that the Secretary of Energy issue an emergency order requiring PJM Interconnection and, by extension, electricity consumers in the PJM region, to provide “full cost recovery” for certain merchant generating plants in PJM. Such a request is unjustified, the Association said in its April 9 submittal to the DOE. FirstEnergy Solutions has neither demonstrated the existence of an emergency that would support action by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry under Federal Power Act section 202(c), nor shown that its requested relief is reasonable, the public power group argued. At issue is a March 29 request made by FirstEnergy Solutions, on behalf of certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, FirstEnergy), with the DOE. Continue reading here.

Photo: Benita5 / Creative Commons

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Muncie couple promotes solar panels throughout Indiana, The Daily News
A retired Ball State University married couple John Vann, retired marketing professor, and Carolyn Vann, retired biology professor, are taking their knowledge of sustainability and clean energy to the forefront of East Central Indiana to help households procure solar energy for their own properties. They are working to help Hoosiers obtain discounted panels.

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500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?

By Alexander Laska, Into the Wind
American Wind Energy Association Blog

A handful of cities like Georgetown, Texas, and Greensburg, Kansas, have gone 100 percent clean energy, getting all of their electricity from sources like wind, solar or hydropower. Now, over 500 cities are following in their footsteps, committing to go big on clean energy–saving their constituents money and cutting pollution along the way.

To help the effort, AWEA has released a new brochure, Wind Works for America’s Cities, which provides information on how cities can purchase clean, affordable wind energy and offers many examples of cities that have already done so.

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American Public Power Association Honors LES & NPPD

By Paul Ciampoli, News Editor, Public Power Daily, APPA

Nebraska’s Lincoln Electric System has received the 2017 Award of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program. The award recognizes continued commitment to the DEED program and its ideals, including support of research, development and demonstration, improving efficiency, renewable resources and support of public power. “As a utility, LES embodies excellence in many ways,” said Association President and CEO Sue Kelly. “When it comes to R&D and participation in DEED, there’s no question that LES is blazing a path of innovation that other public power utilities can follow. Click here to read more.

Photo: The award was presented during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in San Antonio, Texas on May 8th. Left to right: Diane Bell, DEED Board Chair; Sue Kelly, APPA CEO & President, Jason Smith of LES and Michele Suddleson, DEED Program Director

National industry organization recognizes NPPD for customer service
NPPD News Release

Columbus, Neb. –  On May 8, the American Public Power Association recognized Nebraska Public Power District for its reliable and safe electric service to customers and designated the statewide utility as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)®. The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are more than 2,000 community owned electric utilities in the United States, yet only approximately 220 public power utilities hold the RP3 designation.

NPPD serves more than 91,000 Nebraskans in 80 different communities across the state. Recent initiatives by NPPD’s retail division include community solar projects in Scottsbluff, Venango and Kearney, and LED street lighting upgrades in Plattsmouth and Aurora. The utility has also not had an electric rate increase for retail customers in four years.

Read the entire release here.

Photo: Kearney’s 5.8-megawatt solar project under construction. When completed, it will be Nebraska’s largest solar energy array.

Community Solar coming into its own, report says

By Peter Maloney, Contributing Writer, Public Power Daily
American Public Power Association

Last year was a record year for community solar and the solar segment is poised for further significant growth, according to a new report from GTM Research. “Over the next three years, as a number of state markets begin to pick up steam, community solar has the potential to be on a footing with the other segments of the solar market,” says Cory Honeyman, associate director, solar at GTM and, with M.J. Shaio and Sarah Krulewitz, one of the authors of the report, “U.S. Community Solar Outlook 2017.”  Continue reading.

NEBRASKA COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DEVELOPED OR PLAN TO DEVELOP
SOLAR PROJECTS –  WITH LINKS TO INFORMATION