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Community shares opinions on possible coal-burning extension at OPPD plant in North Omaha

By Marlo Lundak, WOWT 

OMAHA, Neb. – Sunday afternoon, community members were invited to share their questions, concerns and ideas with an Omaha Public Power District Board member, following last month’s announcement that the company may vote to extend coal-burning operations at its North Omaha plant for three more years.

Eric Williams, the vice chair of the OPPD Board of Directors, hosted the meeting at Miller Park. “I hosted this meeting today to hear comments, questions and concerns about this proposal so I can be as informed as possible when we consider this for board action,” he says. Continue reading or watch the video here.


Let the sun shine in — Dr. David Corbin, Norfolk Daily News

OMAHA — I debated whether to respond to the letter writer’s (July 7) excoriation of solar energy, but I decided that I couldn’t let his skewed view of solar energy go unanswered. It is obvious that the writer does not understand the value of solar energy. As we endure this super hot summer, the value of solar becomes evident. When air conditioners are working overtime, solar energy reduces demand on the grid, which can help decrease events like brownouts and rolling blackouts when temperatures rise.

David Corbin is Nebraska Sierra Club’s Energy Committee chair. He also is a former Nebraskans for Solar board member and longtime writer/editor of our Facebook Page, which he continues to administer as a much-appreciated volunteer.


Plan to convert natural gas pipeline to CO2 in Lincoln County raising concerns, by Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star

The National Petroleum Council said converting natural gas pipelines to carriers of CO2 was “not a practical option,” particularly over long distances, in a December 2019 report, adding it didn’t believe converted pipelines “would significantly help develop an expanded CO2 pipeline network” in the U.S. Natural gas pipelines have a maximum pressure rating of 1,480-pounds-per-square-inch gauge, which is defined as a Class 600 pipeline by the American National Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization that helps develop consensus standards for products, services and systems. The institute classifies carbon dioxide pipelines as Class 900 designed for 2,200 psi gauge — roughly 700 psi gauge more than those for natural gas.

Grid and supply issues to delay closing of OPPD’s North Omaha coal plant

By Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald

In a setback for air quality, OPPD would continue to burn coal at its North Omaha power plant for possibly another three years, until 2026, under a proposal before the board. The proposed delay in ceasing coal use is related to various problems besetting the nation’s electrical system — backlogs involving the grid, supply chain issues and controversies over siting renewable energy facilities. The Omaha Public Power District board is taking public comment on the proposed delay and expects to vote on it in August. Continue reading here.


Nebraskans for Solar Note:
Nancy Gaarder states in the above article that OPPD’s Administration provides three reasons for their proposed long delay in closing the North Omaha coal-plant facility: “backlogs involving the grid, supply chain issues and controversies over siting renewable energy facilities.”

As OPPD administrators undoubtedly already know, numerous agencies, organizations and individuals are working on all three issues locally and nationally. These efforts appear to be accelerating, with news and reports issued frequently. Given OPPD’s inspiring 100% renewable energy goal, which has received considerable national attention, it would be sad to see one of our own utilities lag behind others in the energy transition rapidly taking place all across the country.

On our NewsBlog and Facebook Page, we have posted numerous news stories and releases, reports, and other resources related to the issues OPPD administrators highlight in their new proposal. Please take some time to read these and OPPD’s information. If you have an interest in doing so, consider sharing one or more links to additional information on these issues.