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OPPD adding to greener pastures with renewables

By Jason Kuiper, OPPD Blog, The Wire

OPPD is developing a community solar project and continues to do deep research to determine how and when to proceed on solar. [CEO Tim] Burke compared the development of solar to OPPD’s investment in wind energy. Wind prices are much lower now than they were 2009, when OPPD really started looking at adding wind to the generation mix. Burke said changes are certainly coming to the industry along with new technologies, and he expects solar prices to start coming down, just as wind prices have. Read the complete blog post here.

Photo: OPPD CEO Tim Burke who spoke at the 2017 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln.


About Jason Kuiper
Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. 


Half of OPPD’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2020, CEO says

Written by Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Omaha Public Power District President and Chief Executive Tim Burke said half the energy the utility sells to retail customers will come from renewable sources by the end of 2020. Burke said in remarks over lunch at the 10th annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference on Monday that the utility is working on a request for proposals for up to 300 megawatts more of wind energy. Click here to continue reading.

Enel’s New 320 MW U.S. Wind Project Will Power Facebook Data Centre in Nebraska, GlobeNewswire Press Release. Once fully operational, Rattlesnake Creek will be able to generate around 1.3 TWh annually, enough energy to meet the equivalent annual consumption needs of more than 105,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 940,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Nebraskans’ quest for wind power is far from a breeze

wind turbines on a Nebraska farm

Nebraska wind turbines

By Henry J. Cordes / World-Herald staff writer

With some significant wind farms recently coming on line and others in the works, Nebraska is on track for more than 1,300 megawatts of wind energy capacity by 2017. That’s still far below that of Iowa and many other states, but it’s nearly triple what Nebraska had just two years ago, said John Hansen of the Nebraska Farmers Union. “It’s the biggest development spurt we’ve had, a significant amount of additional wind power,’’ said Hansen, whose organization co-sponsored the eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference . . . Representatives of the state’s major public utilities Thursday touted their recent efforts to boost their renewable energy portfolios, spurred in part by anticipation of the emission limits contained in the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Read more here.

Nebraska needs overall plan for energy policies

By Nicholas Bergin, Lincoln Journal Star David Bracht

OMAHA – Nebraska’s Energy Office director says the state needs a comprehensive approach to its energy policies as it faces what could be a “seismic” change in federal regulations governing emissions.

David Bracht, Gov. Pete Ricketts’ chief adviser on energy issues, talked about state energy policies Wednesday at the eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Omaha. Continue reading.

Lauren Thirer Of GE To Speak At 2015 Wind and Solar Conference

By John Hansen, Conference Committee Co-Chair and Nebraska Farmers Union President
Nebraska Rural Radio Association News Release

Lauren Thirer1Lincoln, NE- This year’s eighth annual
Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition being held at the Omaha Hilton in Omaha, NE, November 4-5, will feature some exciting new speakers, and the return of a conference attendee favorite, Lauren Thirer with GE Renewables. A Consumer Energy Showcase, open to the public, will be held the evening of Tuesday, November 3.

Thirer will be the keynote speaker during lunch on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, November 4.

“Lauren’s session was one of the top presentations at last year’s conference and she is an incredible presenter,” said Dean Mueller, Division Manager of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Stewardship for Omaha Public Power District (OPPD).

Read more here.

Registration information is available at the conference website: www.nebraskawindandsolarconference.com

Solar Tour – Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Event


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Solar Tour of OPPD, Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College Solar Facilities October 28 ahead of 2014 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference

For Immediate Release – October 1, 2014 For More Information Contact: Paula Steenson (402) 346-3950

Lincoln, NE- Participants arriving on Tuesday, October 28 for the October 29-30, 2014 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in La Vista have an opportunity to take a very educational and informative bus tour of three impressive solar and sustainable energy facilities in Omaha. The tour manager is Michael Shonka, an Omaha area solar expert and member of the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference committee. The cost of the 1:30-4:30 PM tour is only $10. The tour bus will leave from in front of the Embassy Suites LaVista at 1:30 PM and expects to be back to the Embassy Suites by 4:30 PM.

 The tour bus stops will include the following solar facilities:

  • A first stop at the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Omaha Service Center near Eppley Airfield where OPPD renewable installations will be viewed and a briefing provided. This 75,000 square-foot facility is loaded with “green” features such as: a 60 kilowatt (kW) PV solar array, solar tracking system, 1.2 kW vertical-axis wind turbine, ground loop heat pump system as well as many other energy efficient and environmentally friendly features. OPPD was awarded with a Platinum Certification according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards developed by the United States Green Building Council for its improvements in energy and water efficiency, reduced emissions, and overall stewardship practices during the construction and operation of the building.
  • A second stop at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Ft. Omaha Campus for a tour of their Solar Lab and Greenhouse which includes a combination of radiant floor heating and solar electric power. MCC is empowering today’s students to be future leaders in the growing clean and green economy. MCC’s approach to sustainability is three-pronged; sustainability touches our classrooms, campus and the community. MCC partners with Central Community College, WasteCap Nebraska, and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities and is in its second year of a monthly presentation series on topics related to sustainability, energy, the environment, and how they apply to you. MCC is committed to leading and fostering a sustainable environment for our community. A briefing will be provided by MCC officials.
  • A third stop at the Creighton University parking lot photovoltaic (PV) structure for a tour and briefing. Creighton University Energy Technology Program is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program. Creighton’s program considers interdisciplinary investigations of energy issues, including: Design; Material Science; Physics; Atmospheric Science; Communication; Policy. Creighton University officials will provide a briefing.

Participants wanting to sign up for the tour must do so at www.NebraskaWindandSolarConference.com and pay the $10 tour fee. They can do so when they register for the conference.

Registration for the conference is $125 until October 28 and $150 for walk-in registrations the day of the conference. For conference and tour registrations, and to view the program, go to: www.NebraskaWindandSolarConference.com

For hotel reservations, contact Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128 402-331-7400. To view last year’s presentations, go to http://www.neo.ne.gov/renew/wind-working-group/2013conference/2013conference.htm.