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Midlands Voices: Getting off of coal quickly can save the Missouri River

This summer the writer kayaked the 2,341 miles of the Missouri River, documenting the impacts to surrounding communities of the coal plants he encountered along the way, raising awareness about climate change and the need for bolder, swifter action.

By Graham Jordison, Omaha World-Herald

Paddling the Missouri River was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I knew the challenges that lay ahead and I learned to embrace them. At times I was uncertain whether I would finish my journey, but I knew in the end it would make me a better person. I know that OPPD ‘s path to decarbonization will the the hardest thing the utility will overcome. OPPD too will face challenges that it will have to embrace, but in the end it will be a much better company for Omaha and all of Nebraska. 

I hope you will join me in urging the OPPD board and senior leadership to choose an accelerated decarbonization pathway to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 and stop burning coal in the next decade. Read more here.

Graham Jordison of Lincoln is a Sierra Club organizing representative.

You can write to OPPD Board Members and Senior Managers HERE.

Related Reading

OPPD YouTube Video: Pathways to Decarbonization: Energy Portfolio Final Results


NPPD Board approves net-zero carbon goal by 2050, NPPD News Release

NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent says, “We believe it will take a variety of actions to reach this goal, from alternative fuels, energy efficiency projects, lower or zero carbon emission generation resources, carbon capture, carbon-offsets, beneficial electrification, energy storage, and other new emerging technologies that may not yet be commercially available or have yet to be developed.”

NPPD Leadership

ACP Statement on Nebraska Public Power District net-zero carbon emissions goal, American Clean Power Association


Nebraska Public Power Utilities CEO Panel

  • Tom Kent, CEO, Nebraska Public Power District
  • Kevin Wailes, CEO, Lincoln Electric System
  • Javier Fernandez, CEO, Omaha Public Power District
  • Moderator: Stephen Bruckner, Partner, Fraser Stryker

U of M researchers pitch ‘green’ ammonia as key to renewable energy future

By Walker Orenstein, MinnPost

As wind and solar power make up an increasingly large share of energy production in the U.S., finding ways to store the intermittent energy they create is critical for when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The University of Minnesota is working on a novel way to help solve the storage puzzle for renewable energy: by creating ammonia.  

Michael Reese, director of renewable energy at the U’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, said the U has previously turned wind power into ammonia that can be used for fertilizer and even to fuel agricultural equipment. Read more here.

Presentation by Michael Reese to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission: Green Ammonia for Fertilizer, Fuel, and Energy Storage


Previously Posted


Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy Resources, 4/19/21
Description: NPPD is seeking bids for Renewable Generation Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with a proposed Commercial Operation Date (COD) during calendar year 2025. NPPD seeks to procure Energy, Capacity, and environmental attributes (including Renewable Energy Credits or RECS) for a term between 10-30 years.


“Coal may contain as many as 76 of the 92 naturally occurring elements of the periodic table.” 
United States Geological Survey

DOE Awards $19 Million for Initiatives to Produce Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals, Department of Energy News Release 

“The very same fossil fuel communities that have powered our nation for decades can be at the forefront of the clean energy economy by producing the critical minerals needed to build electric vehicles, wind turbines, and so much more,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “By building clean energy products here at home, we’re securing the supply chain for the innovative solutions needed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 – all while creating good-paying jobs in all parts of America.” 

Production of rare earth elements and critical minerals, which serve as key components to several clean energy applications such as magnets in wind turbines and batteries in electric and conventional vehicles, is a prime example of how DOE is supporting regional economic growth and job creation in regions traditionally home to the fossil fuel industry.

The initiatives include:
University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. (Lawrence, Kansas) plans to study the feasibility of recovering critical minerals from coal and associated strata in the Cherokee-Forest City Basin encompassing Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and the Osage Nation.
DOE Funding: $1,500,000

See Also: FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Outlines Key Resources to Invest in Coal and Power Plant Community Economic Revitalization, The White House Briefing Room


Nebraska utility won’t convert power plant to run on hydrogen after all

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network

Nebraska’s largest electric utility and the manufacturer that will soon be its largest private customer have agreed to abandon a potentially innovative plan to partially convert an aging fossil fuel power plant to run on hydrogen. The Nebraska Public Power District in 2018 said it had contracted with Monolith Materials to buy all of the hydrogen byproduct produced at a new factory under construction near the utility’s 225-megawatt Sheldon Station power plant, about 20 miles south of Lincoln. The power district planned to convert a 120-megawatt boiler to burn hydrogen, something that’s never been done before. Continue reading here.

NPPD Photo: 225-MW Sheldon Coal Plant near Hallam, Nebraska


Solar firm buying land rights near coal plants with eye toward transmission