Written by Janece Mollhoff, Omaha World-Herald
In January of 2018 I, along with a group of Nebraska organizations, announced the Husker Energy Plan. “Husker Power Plan” aims to cut greenhouse emissions while keeping electric costs low, creating jobs. The aim was to: 1) reduce air pollution from power plants that sickens and kills Nebraskans, 2) ensure a sustainable, affordable system for generating our electricity for future generations, 3) reduce Nebraska’s use of out-of-state coal, keeping money and jobs in Nebraska and 4) reduce pollution produced by Nebraska’s utility sector that has been linked to climate change. These goals were seen as aspirational with a five-year timeline, and were backed by polling that showed a majority of Nebraskans favor cleaner energy. As we approach the third anniversary of this work, here is how Nebraska is doing: Continue reading here. Requires digital subscription.
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OWH Editor: Janece Molhoff, of Ashland, is a member of the board of directors of the Omaha Public Power District, though this essay expresses only her personal opinion.
Additional Resources Of Potential Interest
Solar Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
In addition to OPPD’s planned 400 to 600 megawatts of solar, the following 1,152 megawatts of utility-scale projects are “committed” or “under development” in Nebraska, altogether totaling approximately 1.5 to 1.7 gigawatts.
- Bellwood: A 174.5–megawatt solar facility is planned.
Projects Under Development
- Clay County: APEX Clean Energy is seeking permission to construct a 305–megawatt solar project in Clay County.
- Lincoln: The 230–megawatt Salt Creek Solar project would be located on the east side of Lancaster County. This project could create enough energy to power 30,000 homes.
- Pierce County: A 443–megawatt solar array, named the Goldenrod Solar Energy Center, has been proposed to be operational by 2023. It is estimated that the solar project will power about 80,000 households.
- Solar project planned for southwest Clay County, Hastings Tribune
[Apex development manager Dylan Ikkala] pointed out that while 305 megawatts is a large project, it is only a small portion of the capacity through 22 solar projects planned across Nebraska. There are 3.2 gigawatts’ worth of solar projects planned in Nebraska for the next five years.
- Large Solar Project Near Lincoln Receives Permit Approval, NET
- Two Pierce County Farmers Are Going Solar, News Channel Nebraska