Tag Archives: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

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.


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.

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.



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.

OPPD retiree blazed the way for women

By Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD Blog

In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2018, The Wire will feature stories about the women
of OPPD. This week, we feature a woman who led the way for others during her nearly 20-year career at OPPD. Meet Betty Queen.
Read more here.


Riggleman maintains reliability on, off the track

Fort Calhoun area will be home to OPPD’s first community solar array

By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald

The Fort Calhoun area, home to a nuclear power plant that is being shuttered, is poised for another role producing power in eastern Nebraska. The Omaha Public Power District and its private partner, NextEra Energy Resources, chose a city-owned field just east of Fort Calhoun to host OPPD’s first community solar power array. NextEra is building the 35-acre,  5-megawatt solar array there and has contracted to sell OPPD the power it produces for at least 20 years.
Continue here to learn more.

Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s 5-megawatt community solar facility was Nebraska’s first utility-scale solar installation. The solar farm is located on a portion of a 46-acre site near Northwest 75th and Holdrege Streets.

OPPD Board Receives Community Solar Update

Omaha Public Power District News Release

Omaha Public Power District’s plans for community solar are moving forward. During their monthly meeting, today, the OPPD Board of Directors received an update on the project. The district awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility near the City of Fort Calhoun. When the community solar program has been finalized, OPPD customers will have an opportunity to purchase shares of the solar energy produced. The utility will be developing the marketing of these solar shares in the next few months, and we will include stakeholder outreach as part of this process. Read the entire release here.

NextEra Wind Projects in Nebraska

More Nebraska Community Solar News
City gives public look at solar farm, power plant, Fremont Tribune

OPPD: New EV program will measure impact on system

By Jodi Baker, The Wire, OPPD Blog

OPPD and the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) will co-fund and distribute $500 grants to customers who purchase Charge Point EV chargers for their home via OPPD. A website link for purchases will be available when the pilot gets underway. In addition, OPPD will work to educate customers on financial incentives available when they purchase a new EV. These are expected to include:

  • $3,000 rebate at participating Nissan dealerships towards the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf
  • $4,000 grant from NCEA after the purchase of a new EV (only available in Douglas County)
  • Up to $7,500 federal tax credit (depending on the manufacturer)

The initiative team is presenting its findings and plans to OPPD’s Board of Directors during their May committee meetings. Read more here.

Photo Credit: 123rf.com

NPPD’S EV Charging Station Incentive Pilot Program

    EV Strategy: OPPD Board Committee Presentation, Aaron Smith, Director – Operations
  • News Release: EV Research Strategy Presented To OPPD Board
    During this week’s committee meetings for the OPPD Board of Directors, the Integrated Energy Marketplace team presented its latest EV research, including plans to announce a pilot next month. The pilot, as part of the district’s EV Strategy and Process Initiative, will include EV education for customers. It will also connect customers to financial incentives available for the purchase of certain EVs, as well as certain EV chargers, among other areas.


  • Electric vehicles are here: are utilities ready to charge forward?
    Navigant Research said in a report, prepared for the American Public Power Association, that by 2021 it conservatively projects new EV (battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) sales of more than 700,000 units in the U.S. annually. Markets saw a 37 percent increase in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in 2016 and Navigant Research expects 50 percent growth in market sales in 2017 and 2018, largely due to Tesla’s Model 3 and other longer-range, low cost battery electric vehicles coming to the market, as well as more vehicle options becoming available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Multi-faceted EV approaches getting closer look from states: report
    Among the top electric vehicle policy trends in the first quarter of 2018 were states considering multi-faceted approaches to EVs and related infrastructure, the North Carolina Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) said in a recently released report.