Tag Archives: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

Local artist paints Nebraska’s story into mural at Facebook’s data center in Papillion

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

When employees of the Facebook data center in Papillion go to work each day, they’ll be greeted by a colorful 76-foot mural made by a Nebraskan, for Nebraskans. Created by Omaha native Justin Queal, the mural incorporates themes and images familiar to locals — like a monarch butterfly akin to the ones emblazoned on Papillion’s water towers and an overhead view of crop fields — all set against a backdrop heavy with rich, Husker red. Read more here.

Facebook photo of one section of the mural created by local artist Justin Queal.

Previously Posted News Stories & Editorial

OPPD Focused On Continued Investment In Our Communities

Omaha Public Power District News Release
February 14, 2019

Omaha Public Power District is committed to investing in the communities it serves. Furthering that effort, today, the OPPD Board of Directors approved a labor contract for streetlight
conversion work within its service territory to replace current technology with light emitting
diode (LED) technology.

This is part of the district’s five-year plan, officially beginning next month, to replace nearly 100,000 existing high-pressure sodium fixtures within its service territory. To date, OPPD has
converted approximately 400 burned out streetlights to LED. The district is utilizing a contractor alongside OPPD employees due to the volume and time frame of work taking place.
Continue reading here.

Additional Recommended Reading
NDEQ Co-hosting Nebraska Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Conference on March 25, NPPD News Release

NEWS FROM OTHER CITIES & STATES

The nuclear city goes 100% renewable, PV Magazine
Yesterday Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the city’s
Resilient Chicago plan, which in action 38 is a commitment to
“transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy in buildings community-wide by 2035”. 

TRI-STATE NEWS

LiveGreen: Solar panels up, operational

By Melanie Stewart, Live Green, UNMC Newsroom  

The 1,487 solar panels sit atop the three largest roof surfaces on the UNMC campus. 

The panels can generate up to 500 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity to help power the campus, and “its energy production will equal the average annual electricity use of 60 homes in OPPD’s service territory,” said Jared Friesen of Morrissey Engineering, which designed the project . . . Darren Dageforde, executive director of utilities and energy utilization for UNMC, said the med center already has made great strides in reducing energy use and increasing efficiency. “Having a renewable energy source on campus demonstrates our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 and parallels our mission to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities.” Read the entire article here.

Previously Posted

OPPD partnering with UNMC on state’s largest rooftop solar array, by Jodi Baker, The Wire

Building the tiny house of the future

Written by Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD Blog

Dr. Bing Chen, Ph.D., UNL Professor of electrical and computer engineering, is “developing the area’s first sustainable small house.”

It is a project the former chair of the computer and electronics department feels will be a disruptive technology. Chen said it will change the way he and other baby boomers find alternative housing solutions during their golden years.

Dr. Chen is partnering with OPPD and other groups on the Small Sustainable House.
Construction will begin this summer on UNO’s main campus. With so many baby boomers
ready to enter their next phase, Chen said, good affordable housing is a growing need all over the country. Read more here.

Prototype Image: Chen said the home is well-insulated and can be heated with just 16 candles. The home will have 32 PV solar collectors on the roof to generate electricity and have a whole-house battery storage system.

Community? Rooftop? What solar is right for you?

Written by Laura King-Homan, The Wire, OPPD Blog

OPPD will soon be offering a community solar program to its customers. But what is “community solar,” and how do you decide between rooftop or community solar when it comes to your energy needs? Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Save the Date! Nebraskans for Solar’s March Event: “OPPD’s Community Solar Program,” March 13, 2019, 7 p.m. at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Rooms 230/231.

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club,
OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team,
The Nebraska Conservation Education Fund 

Our guest speakers will be Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken, Director of Product Development & Marketing. They will present an overview of OPPD’s community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. A Q&A will follow their presentation.

LES begins collecting data for study on EV driver habits

By Peter Maloney, American Public Power Association News

The Lincoln Electric System, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has begun collecting data for a study on the habits of drivers of electric vehicles in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area . . . Other Nebraska public power utilities are also taking action related to EVs. In June, the Omaha Public Power District began a pilot program to educate its customers about the benefits of electric vehicles. In January, Nebraska Public Power District unveiled details of a pilot program under which owners of electric vehicles will receive a $200 incentive if they install a charging station at their home. Read more here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

LES News Release: LES announces partnerships, grant funding for electric vehicle study
“Our service territory has about 300 plug-in vehicles, and nearly a third of those drivers are represented in this study,” said LES CEO Kevin Wailes. “We’re excited to have that level of interest from our customers, and it’s a true testament to their engagement with LES and our shared commitment to prepare for a plugged-in future.”  For more information about the study, contact LES at 402-475-4211. Follow LES on Facebook and Twitter for study updates.

OPPD’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Pilot Program

 

 


$500 Rebate on Chargepoint Home Charging Station
Dealership Discounts
$3,000 incentive towards a 2018 Nissan Leaf® purchased between June 4 & Jan. 2, 2019
$1,000 incentive towards a 2019 Audi e-tron
Available to all OPPD customers
(Up To) $7,500 Federal Tax Incentive
Federal tax incentives currently remain available. OPPD recommends you speak to your tax advisor for specific details.

NPPD’s EV Charging Station Incentive Pilot Program

A $200 EnergyWise incentive for the installation of a residential vehicle charging station is available for a limited time from Nebraska Public Power District and your local public power utility. This incentive is for customers living in the service area of NPPD or its wholesale customers who purchase an electric vehicle and choose to install a ChargePoint 32 amp WI-FI enabled station. Other charging stations may be incented but must pass pre-approval criteria. To qualify for the pilot incentive program, the installation location of the charging station must have internet wireless connectivity.

Under OPPD proposal, cleaner air could come quicker — but it may cost more

By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald

Local air could be cleaner quicker, and electricity could cost more when natural gas prices climb if the Omaha Public Power District adopts a proposed shift next week in its long-term approach to environmental stewardship. Instead of aiming its long-term goal at generating a certain percentage of local electricity from renewable sources, as it has since 2015, OPPD is considering a policy that would reduce the amount of carbon released while producing each megawatt of electricity for ratepayers. This might sound like a distinction without a difference. It’s not.
Read more here.

Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s Sunshares Solar Farm. OPPD is building its first solar farm near Ft. Calhoun.

OPPD LINKS
To share your thoughts on proposed changes to OPPD’s Strategic Directive 7: Environmental Stewardship, review the following documents and submit your comments by Monday, October 8, 2018.

Current SD-7: Environmental Stewardship
Proposed Changes to SD-7: Environmental Stewardship
What’s carbon intensity?
Comment Form

October is Public Power Month

Every year utilities across the country celebrate Public Power Month in October. According to the American Public Power Association, public power communities can be found in 49 states and all U.S. territories. Nebraska’s publicly-owned utilities are listed here. Many of them have websites, including our three largest electric utilities.

This month is an excellent opportunity to explore the many information resources posted on their websites and, perhaps, to create a checklist of ways you can save energy and money at home and your workplace throughout October and beyond–and to learn more about the new and innovative programs they have initiated or plan to launch in the near future. Following are just some of the available resources:

Additional Resources

Fortenberry: Small Farm, Big Tech

By Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Fremont Tribune 

[Kelsey and Bob Larson] are the next generation of young farmers. Their dairy farm is small, but it is powered by big
tech . . . Beyond new milking and monitoring models, the farm is pushing the envelope in other compelling ways. Solar energy provides about 20% of the farm’s electricity.

Read more here.

 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING & VIEWING

Winnebago to double its solar power systems: Ho-Chunk announces the installation of new solar arrays in nine locations, Siouxland Proud

Links to more stories are posted here and here.
Ho-Chunk Inc’s Website

  • Tribal Energy Webinar: Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development, September 26, 2018, 12 to 2 pm. If you are unable to attend today’s webinar, click here to access recordings and slides of past webinars and announcements of future ones.
  • Moving renewables across the U.S. is a challenge, The Wire, OPPD Blog
    [According to Joe Lang, director of Compliance and RTO Policy at OPPD, an NREL analysis] determined the cost to construct high-voltage transmission facilities to make full use of renewables nationally could cost about $1 trillion, which is about twice that of the U.S. interstate highway system.” But Aaron Bloom, the NREL official, said the undertaking would pay for itself in 15 years and then keep paying dividends. That’s because the transmission capacity would allow for the development of the highest quality and lowest cost renewable resources, with few geographic limitations.
  • OPPD’S Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Pilot Program: The fifty $4,500 rebates are gone. $500 charging station rebates are still available. More information is posted here.
  • NPPD, Norfolk seeking grant for battery energy storage project, NPPD News Release
    Columbus, Neb. Funding for battery energy storage system (BESS) demonstration project is being sought by the Nebraska Public Power District and the City of Norfolk that would be tied to a proposed community solar project planned for that community in 2019. That project is contingent on approval of a grant application submitted by NPPD to receive $490,000 in funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for the two-year project.
  • Lincoln Electric System Public Meeting On The 2019 Budget, October 4, 2018, 6 pm at the Walter A. Canney Service Center: We’re proposing no rate increase and continuing to restructure rates as part of next year’s budget, keeping LES among the nation’s leaders in delivering highly reliable, low-cost electricity.

8 OPPD candidates disagree on how fast district should move toward renewables

By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald

Voters in this fall’s four races for the Omaha Public Power District board could help shape the future of how the 13-county utility produces and procures electricity for eastern Nebraska homes and businesses. An OPPD board discussion next week is expected to include revisiting some long-term goals for the district’s energy mix between fossil fuels and other, cleaner sources. How far and fast each candidate wants OPPD management to go in adopting a larger portfolio of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources is a key point of separation between the candidates in Subdivisions 1, 6, 7 and 8. Continue reading here.

The next Board of Directors meeting is this Thursday, September 13, at 4 pm, OPPD Energy Plaza, auditorium, 444 S. 16th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.

Save the Date! OTOC-Sponsored Event on September 17, 2018 from 6:45 to 8:30 pm
Candidate Accountability Session: US Congress and OPPD Board, at St. Leo Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd Street. See our calendar or go to otoc.org for more information.