By John Crabtree, Omaha World-Herald. The writer, of Fremont, Nebraska,
is the campaign representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
After stating a desire to engage the public in its on-going decarbonization planning, OPPD has presented a plan of its own without engaging stakeholders in a meaningful way. “Power with Purpose” was first introduced at the Oct. 17 board meeting. A timeline was established for consideration of the proposal at the Nov. 14 meeting and specifying that OPPD would receive public input on the proposal through Nov. 8. Having touted the intention to get feedback about the plans, OPPD is now pushing through a plan to spend what would amount to half billion dollars of ratepayer funds while only offering a few weeks for the public to process. Read more here. Requires digital subscription.
More power needed: OPPD plans to build Nebraska’s largest solar farm, plus natural gas plants, Omaha World-Herald. Construction on the new solar farm and natural gas plants is expected to begin in 2020. The solar farm could be completed in 2022 or 2023. The natural gas plants could be built by 2023 or 2024.
Previously Posted Reports & News Stories
- Rocky Mountain Institute: Announced investment in US natural gas infrastructure could lead to over $100 billion in stranded costs as clean energy prices fall. Two new Rocky Mountain Institute reports catalog how clean energy resources now beat new gas power plants on price, creating savings opportunities for customers and risks for gas investors. The economics guiding US investments in electricity generation have reached a historic tipping point: combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response are now less expensive than most proposed gas power plant projects. According to a new report by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), portfolios of these clean energy resources can provide the same energy and reliability services as traditional gas power plants—but cost less.
The Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios
Prospects for Gas Pipelines in the Era of Clean Energy
Two-page summary of the reports: A Bridge Backward?: The Financial Risks Of The “Rush To Gas” In The US Power Sector
- Carbon-free – are we at a tipping point?, by Julia Hamm, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) President, Utility Dive
- Facebook and Google: Utilities Must Take Lead on Grid Decarbonization, Greentech Media
Tech giants have helped build the corporate renewables market, but “we’re not a utility [and] we’re not a power company,” Google exec says.
- Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas, Forbes
- Report says new storage capacity increasingly included in IRPs, American Public Power Association. “Of the 45 states taking grid modernization actions during the quarter, 40 took actions related to energy storage,” said Autumn Proudlove, lead author of the report and Senior Manager of Policy Research at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC).
- More Than Half of NextEra’s New Solar Projects Include Storage, Greentech Media
- With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds, Utility Dive
Nebraska’s growth potential for developing our communities’ energy-efficient economies is enormous, which would reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and keep more of our energy dollars in our state. Nebraska ranks 43rd on the 2019 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy State Scorecard. The Scorecard demonstrates that energy efficiency is “a key resource nationwide, with utilities spending approximately $8 billion in 2018 for efficiency programs and saving 27.1 million MWh of electricity:” Resource Link: 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard – 13th Edition
Other State Rankings
- Colorado: 14th
- Iowa: 23rd
- Kansas: 46th
- Massachusetts: 1st
- Minnesota: 8th
- Missouri: 30th
Carbon Footprints / Environmental Impacts Of Solar & Wind Energy Versus “Cleanest” Natural Gas Power Plants
- An introduction to the state of wind power in the U.S., by Philip Warburg, environmental lawyer and former president of the Conservation Law Foundation. Published by Yale Climate Connections. As a non-carbon-emitting technology, wind power has a big environmental advantage over its leading fossil fuel competitors. Onshore and offshore wind has a life cycle carbon footprint of 20 grams or less of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour. The “cleanest” natural gas power plants – those that use combined cycle technology – produce more than 400 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour. Supercritical coal plants – the least polluting in the industry – generate close to 800 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour.
- Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Solar Photovoltaics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Photovoltaic (PV) solar has a life cycle carbon footprint of 40 grams or less of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour.