By Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald
Mary Spurgeon said she is looking forward to working collaboratively with the existing board on its goal of moving toward heavier reliance on renewable energy. Incumbent Amanda Bogner was unopposed to represent Subdivision 1, which serves northwest and west-central Omaha. Sara Howard won in Subdivision 2, which covers central and South Omaha. Read more here.
More Election News
- Harding retains seat on NPPD Board of Directors, Fremont Tribune
[Mary] Harding has served on the NPPD Board of Directors since 2003. She is currently the second vice-chair on the board.
- Williams wins Subdivision 7 seat on NPPD board, Grand Island Independent
Wayne E. Williams of Central City is the winner of the seat for Subdivision 7 Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors.
- For information on other districts, see Nebraska Secretary of State Election Results / Public Power District.
AMAZON’S FULFILLMENT CENTER IN SARPY COUNTY
Amazon joins list of high-profile names in Sarpy corridor, The Wire
“Partnerships like the one OPPD has with Amazon and all of our local economic development partners and local officials allows our entire area to thrive,” said Tim Burke, president and CEO of OPPD, and chairman of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s executive committee. “Helping our local economies grow, and bring jobs to the area, is just one way we honor our community.”
Additional Recommended Reading: Amazon’s Sustainability Initiatives & Partnerships
Data center construction market continues to boom, Construction Dive
Google, Amazon and Facebook are the biggest names in data center construction in the U.S. Here’s a closer look at the state of data center construction across the country for the three internet giants.
REBA’S NEW INITIATIVE
- Google, GM, other REBA members push to expand organized wholesale markets to spur renewables, Utility Dive. The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) Nov. 2 released a set of ten guiding principles to organize new wholesale energy markets — principles the alliance says will spur greater investment in renewable energy and drive down prices by encouraging greater market competition, transparency and scalability.
- U.S. Businesses Support Clean Power (Again) with Ambitious Plan for Wholesale Energy Markets, Triple Pundit. The new focus on wholesale markets represents an understanding that corporate demand for clean power can spur further investments that increase access for everyone. That approach is exemplified by REBA member General Motors, which has engaged in a community-wide renewable energy program through the Michigan utility DTE, in anticipation of widespread electric vehicle adoption.
Additional Recommended Reading: 5 predictions for the corporate renewable energy market in 2021, PV Magazine article contributed by Rob Collier of PPA marketplace, LevelTen Energy.
SPP AND “UNECONOMIC SELF-COMMITMENT”
Time for SPP to Commit to Competitive Clean Energy, NRDC Expert Blog by John Moore, Director, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program.
Consumers across the heartland are paying about $60 million more a year than they should for electricity to power their homes, farms and businesses. That is because of a practice employed by some coal-fired generators to the detriment of wind power producers. It’s long past time for the regional grid operator to put an end to this practice called “uneconomic self-commitment,” but, unfortunately, the Southwest Power Pool is deliberately downplaying the issue.