Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News / Energy News Network
The staff began looking into decarbonization options nearly two years ago, [Mary Fisher, OPPD’s vice president for energy production and nuclear decommissioning] said, but picked up the pace last fall — about the time that new board members interested in cleaner energy were elected. The change stands in contrast to the state’s largest utility, the Nebraska Public Power District, where many board members continue to downplay the urgency of climate change even after catastrophic flooding in the state earlier this year. Fisher said the board is not the only reason the utility is moving toward cleaner energy. “The factor really has been the ongoing conversation about climate change and carbon emissions nationally,” she said. “You’re seeing it on the nightly news reports, you’re seeing it in the presidential debates, you’re seeing it all over.” Read more here.
Photo by Laura King-Homan, OPPD’s The Wire: Visitors view components of the Omaha Public Power District’s Sholes Wind Farm under construction near Wayne, Nebraska in November.
Additional Recommended Reading
- OPPD Laying The Groundwork For A Bright Energy Future, OPPD News Release
- A Vision for Midwest Zero-Carbon Power Starts to Take Shape, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Nebraska needs more clean energy, NPPD board member Melissa Freelend says, by Mike Konz, Grand Island Independent
- Nebraska could be a national leader in wind energy output. Facebook’s data center shows how, by Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald
- Methane plant turns your trash into your power, by Jason Kuiper, The Wire