Columbus, Neb. – Current Nebraska Public Power District Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Kent was officially named as President and Chief Executive Officer of the utility, following approval by the Board of Directors Thursday. A native of Tilden, Neb., Kent has been with the utility for 30 years, including the last nine years in his current position. He replaces Pat Pope who announced in February he was stepping down from his position at the end of April and will focus on e-connectivity and future generation strategies for NPPD as a special assistant to the CEO.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the Board to serve as the next CEO of NPPD. I have been very fortunate over my career to work in many parts of the District, and I have experienced first-hand the talent and dedication of my teammates across the state to providing low-cost, highly reliable energy and outstanding service to our customers,” Kent remarked after the Board’s decision. Continue reading here.
Columbus, Neb. – The time has come to celebrate the launch of a new community solar farm with the official ribbon cutting for the Scottsbluff II project. The new addition to the Scottsbluff community’s renewable energy portfolio is set to go live on March 1, with the ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2. “We are very excited to cut the ribbon and celebrate the official launch of Scottsbluff II,” says Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Vice-President and Retail General Manager Tim Arlt. “The Scottsbluff II project is a great partnership between the city of Scottsbluff – NPPD and N-Solar and these combined efforts are what made this project a reality.” The ceremony is set to take place in the Landers Memorial Soccer Complex parking lot at 4205 5th Avenue just outside the new solar facility. Continue reading here.
The Legislature’s Executive Board on Tuesday advanced a bill calling on the University of Nebraska to develop a plan to mitigate the effects of climate change in the state. Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks’ proposal (LB283) lay dormant for more than a year — it was the focus of a Feb. 11, 2019, hearing — before the Executive Board advanced an amended version for debate by the full body. Under the amended version, the university would be given $250,000 in cash funds paid by petroleum companies to “develop an evidence-based, data-driven, strategic action plan” establishing a baseline measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Continue reading here.
La Vista to add two electric vehicle charge stations, Omaha World-Herald Two more charging stations for electric vehicles are coming to La Vista. The city recently received $112,800.50 in grants from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy and Omaha Public Power District to purchase and install the charging stations in a city-owned lot near Cabela’s.
With a career of more than 40 years with Nebraska Public Power District, including the past nine as President and Chief Executive Officer, Pat Pope announced during Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting he plans to step down as President and CEO. He expects to remain available to assist with transition and continue working on the District’s generation options for the future and rural e-connectivity initiatives.
In making the announcement to the Board Pope said, “I didn’t know how long I would stay with NPPD when I began working here. As the years went by. the opportunities kept coming. I stayed with the District and learned to appreciate what public power really means to our customers and the state.” Continue reading here.
Hastings became the latest Nebraska city to adopt Property Assessed Clean Energy program when the Hastings City Council approved the program’s manual, application and contract form during the council’s regular meeting Jan. 13. Participation in PACE promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy as an economic development tool. PACE financing is for commercial real estate and finances energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy systems. PACE loans serve as gap financing, so the developer would not have to spend as much of its capital to undertake an energy efficiency component of a project. Read more here.
OPPD Board of Directors Elects New Officers For 2020, OPPD News Release, January 16, 2020 A new year brings new leadership roles for the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors. At today’s monthly meeting, directors elected new officers for 2020. Craig Moody, who represents Subdivision 5, will serve as the board chair. Rick Yoder, who represents Subdivision 4, will serve as vice chair. Amanda Bogner, who represents Subdivision 1, will be the board’s treasurer for 2020. And Eric Williams, who represents Subdivision 6, will serve as secretary.
Harding selected for three-year term on APPA council, NPPD News Release Nebraska Public Power District Board member Mary Harding of Plattsmouth was recently named to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council (PMC) by its Board of Directors.
The most solar power in state history should flow into the electrical outlets of eastern Nebraska homes and businesses by 2024. That’s when the Omaha Public Power District aims to finish Nebraska’s largest solar power project, building it in or near the 13 counties OPPD serves. The new solar farms could be located in more than one site. OPPD management is soliciting bids through mid-January to add OPPD’s first utility-scale solar power, producing 400 megawatts to 600 megawatts of electricity. Continue reading here.
4 misconceptions about large-scale solar, American Public Power Association
When it comes to large-scale solar for utilities and municipalities, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports that there are 37,000 MW in operation, with a whopping 74,000 MW additional in development. With such widespread solar adoption, it’s clear that many believe in the power of solar. However, there’s also a lot to understand behind the scenes, which can sometimes lead to misconceptions. Here, we’ll address and correct some of the more common ones.
NERC: Grid operators must prepare for 330 GW of renewables by 2029, Utility Dive
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) sees potential capacity shortages in Texas and Ontario, Canada, over the next few years, but on the whole, believes that North American grid operators will have adequate reserves to meet growing peak electricity demand for the next decade. The challenge for the nation’s electric system will be in accommodating a growing amount of renewable resources, according to NERC’s 2019 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, released Thursday.
Scientists discover three new species of solar power plants in 2019, PV Magazine
These three projects—and others—herald the next stage of solar power. A stage in which solar power plants will be designed as the grid needs, to meet the requirements of society, versus society learning to absorb what the sun has to offer. And these plants are why solar power, along with energy storage and wind generation, will come to dominate our future clean energy power grids.
Work continues on a five-megawatt solar array to supplement the electrical supply in the City of Scottsbluff. The solar array, located north of Scottsbluff near the Landers Soccer Complex, includes more than 14,000 solar panels that will track the sun throughout the day. It’s expected to be online sometime in the first quarter of 2020. It’s the second solar project in the community for Nebraska Public Power District. The first one, a 128-kilowatt array that went into operation in 2017, is located at the Scottsbluff NPPD offices on South Beltline Highway. 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. Continue reading here.
Matching grants available from NPPD for purchase, installation of EV charging stations Funds for the NDEE [grants] program come from the $12.25 million allocation from the Volkswagen Diesel Emission Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries. Up to $1.2 million in rebates are available to install charging equipment at qualified locations. Information and applications on the program can be found here.The application deadline is November 15, 2019. Business, local government or other organizations interested in finding out about the matching funds should contact NPPD at 1-877-275-6773 or their local electricity supplier.
Smack-dab in middle of Nebraska in the fall of 2005, a farmer from the Broken Bow area planted a seed. Since then, Darrell Nelson’s visionary idea for an energy center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has grown into a more than a $75 million investment in technology that is benefitting the entire Cornhusker state. “Darrell was brilliant, and a true visionary,” said Alan Dostal, director of research at Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).
Nelson, a farmer who served 26 years on the NPPD Board of Directors, helped create the Nebraska Center for Energy Research at UNL in 2006. Since then, NPPD has invested $14 million into the project, which has grown into more than $75 million with additional, external and federal grants. In all, the project has resulted in 102 NPPD-seed funded research projects so far. Continue reading here.
“America needs the clean, flexible power provided by the nation’s first renewable resource” said Malcolm Woolf, NHA President & CEO. “From the Industrial Revolution to World War II to growth of the tech sector, hydropower has powered American innovation and ingenuity. With the right mix of energy, environmental and market policies, hydropower can contribute even more as the nation moves towards decarbonization of the grid and electrification of the transportation industry.”
In 2018, hydropower was the largest generator of clean, renewable electricity, representing 7% of total U.S. electricity generation and 39.5% of renewable electricity generation. The U.S. hydropower fleet is comprised of approximately 2,200 power plants with a total capacity of roughly 102 GW, which includes 95% of U.S. storage capacity (23 GW) pumped storage. Hydropower is also a major job creator, employing 66,500 workers. Read the entire news release here.
National Hydropower Day recognizes America’s first renewable energy source, NPPD News Release. Hydropower has played a role in electrical generation, recreation and irrigation for Nebraskans. NPPD has operated the 24 megawatt North Platte Hydroelectric Plant since 1935, which is fed by a series of canals and reservoirs known as the Sutherland Project. NPPD also operates the Kearney Hydro, a one megawatt unit, that began operation in 1921. NPPD also purchases hydroelectric output from the Kingsley Hydro, operated by Central Nebraska Power and Irrigation District, and two facilities operated by the Loup Public Power District – the Columbus Hydro and the Monroe Hydro – amounting to a total of 110 megawatts of power for Nebraskans.