Special to the Norfolk Daily News
Projects could be located physically within the Southwest Power Pool footprint with preference to those projects within Nebraska. Hallam is south of Lincoln. Announced in January to facilitate Monolith Materials’ proposed $1 billion expansion of its Olive Creek facility near Hallam, NPPD and Monolith signed a letter of intent outlining the companies’ intentions to procure enough renewable energy resources to generate 2 million megawatt-hours annually.
“The approximately 2 million megawatt-hours of generation would create a sufficient number of renewable energy certificates to meet 100% of Monolith’s average annual energy usage and meet their environmental and sustainability goals,” said NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent. Read more here.
NPPD’s REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
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.
MONOLITH MATERIALS NEWS RELEASES
- Monolith Seeking 2 Million Megawatt-Hours of Renewable Energy Annually for Planned Expansion, June 4, 2021
- Monolith Materials Receives Investments from SK Inc. and NextEra Energy Resources, June 3, 2021
ALSO PREVIOUSLY POSTED
- NPPD News Release: NPPD will seek proposals on renewable energy to support Monolith, January 4, 2021
- Clean power agreement could spur $1.2 billion in wind, solar energy projects in Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald, January 4, 2021. Updated February 11, 2021.
- Renewable energy from NPPD to power Monolith expansion, Lincoln Journal Star, January 4, 2021. Updated July 1, 2021.
MONOLITH MATERIALS’ GROUNDWATER USE
- Groundwater needs raise concerns about $100 million-plus manufacturing plant near Lincoln, by Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, July 29, 2020
Groundwater is a big deal in Nebraska; it’s used to water more than 8 million acres of cropland across the state, used for drinking water by municipalities and used for various industrial purposes. “It’s a big concern,” Gary Vocasek, the chairman of the Hallam Village Board, told the Voice News a week ago. The village of 213 draws 11 million gallons of groundwater a year. Mark Becker, a spokesman for NPPD, said the big water request by Monolith also caught them off guard and will require some study to see how it might impact the water needs of the Sheldon Station, which pumps about 500 million gallons of water a year.
- Lower Platte South NRD Approves Monolith Wells, with Conditions, LPSNRD News Release, July 1, 2021
In its well permit applications, Monolith estimates the three wells will pump a combined 420 million gallons of water annually to be used primarily for cooling purposes in its carbon black manufacturing process and in the production of anhydrous fertilizer. The approvals, including certain conditions, came during a June 29 special meeting of the Board and follows a nearly one-year process of testing and study to determine what impact the wells would have on the groundwater aquifer and groundwater users in the area around the wells. Prior to the Board’s special meeting, LPSNRD also conducted an informational public open house in Hallam on June 15 and a public input session on June 17. Written comments from the public were also accepted.