By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald
The costs of OPPD going further, faster on renewables and carbon are not yet clear. OPPD officials have said they had not yet determined how much more, if any, customers are paying for electricity because of the renewable energy the utility has already added to the mix . . . People should not draw a direct correlation between renewables and rising rates, said Javier Fernandez, the district’s chief financial officer . . . If the next OPPD board aims the utility at 100 percent renewables or zero carbon, [Russ Baker, director of OPPD’s environmental and regulatory affairs] said OPPD management will work with them to mull what that would look like, what it might cost and how technology would need to change. Read more here.
Image Credit: Facebook, one of a growing number of corporations committed to sourcing 100% of their energy from renewables and encouraging their suppliers to do so, as well. Facebook’s goal is to reach that level by 2020. RE100
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Editorial: Report describes climate challenges; Nebraskans should collaborate on solutions, Omaha World-Herald
- More Americans and most Republicans now believe in climate change, CNN
About 8 in 10 Americans believe the climate is changing, causing extreme weather. 64% of Republicans believe in climate change, compared to 49% in a 2015 Monmouth poll.
- Xcel Energy Targets Zero Carbon Emissions By 2050, CleanTechnica
- 100 Cities Agree: 100% Clean Energy For All, by Jodie Van Horn, Director of Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 Campaign, News Release
- Cincinnati Becomes 100th U.S. City Committed to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy, Sierra Club News Release
REPORTS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Lazard’s recently-released Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis reports that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind costs have dropped an astounding 88% and 69% since 2009, respectively.
- Sierra Club’s 2018 Case Study Report: Ten cities that have made commitments to be powered entirely with clean energy. Download the Case Studies 2018 Report (PDF} in English or Spanish.
- Free SEPA Research: Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects
In today’s electricity market, non-wires alternatives are capturing public attention and inspiring decision makers to explore the grid benefits and potential cost savings resulting from integrating new distributed technologies in place of new infrastructure upgrades.