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MEAN to hold Power Supply Planning Meeting and Integrated Resource Plan Review April 21

NFS Note: MEAN proposed increasing their reliance on coal in the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The public will soon have the opportunity to learn about MEAN’s currently proposed power mix with the release of the draft 2022 IRP next week and at the following meeting, posted on MEAN’s website: 

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) will hold a Power Supply  Committee/Integrated Resource Plan Meeting that will review its 2022 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) April 21 in Lincoln, Neb., at 10 a.m. A virtual option to participate will be available. The meeting is open to the public.

MEAN’s Integrated Resource Plan is filed every five years as required by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

Integrated resource planning is a process for future new energy resources that evaluates the full range of alternatives, including new generating capacity, power purchases, energy conservation and efficiency, cogeneration and heating and cooling applications, and renewable energy resources to provide adequate and reliable service to a utility’s electric customers.

MEAN welcomes member and public input to its IRP. A draft IRP plan will be available on or about April 19, 2022 on MEAN’s IRP pageOnce the draft IRP is publicly available, comments may be submitted by mail to the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Attn. IRP, 8377 Glynoaks Drive, Lincoln, NE 68516 or by email to the address that will be posted on the MEAN IRP webpage.

Comments will be accepted if received during the 25 day comment period beginning on the date of posting of the draft IRP.

Action to adopt the 2022 IRP will be taken at MEAN’s Board of Directors meeting on May 19, which is also open to the public.

Power Supply Committee/Integrated Resource Plan virtual meeting link: https://meet.goto.com/735821061 or telephone at 1-877-309-2073, access code 735-821-061


The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska is the not-for-profit wholesale electricity supply organization of NMPP Energy. Created in 1981, MEAN provides cost-based power supply, transmission and related services to 69 participating communities in four states: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.

MEAN Members/Participants

In Nebraska
Alliance, Ansley, Arnold, Bayard, Beaver City, Benkelman, Blue Hill, Bridgeport, Broken Bow, Burwell, Callaway, Chappell, Crete, Curtis, Fairbury, Falls City, Gering, Grand Island, Grant, Hastings, Imperial, Kimball, Lyman, Mitchell, Morrill, Nebraska City, Neligh, Oxford, Paxton, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Red Cloud, Scribner, Shickley, Sidney, Snyder, Spencer, Stuart, Trenton, West Point, Wisner

MEAN’s 2050 Carbon Neutral Vision

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) Board of Directors in 2020 approved a resolution laying out a vision to a carbon neutral power resource portfolio by 2050. The resolution authorizes MEAN’s staff to collaboratively work with the MEAN Power Supply Committee to construct policies around resource planning, portfolio optimization and emissions reduction to support future actions to achieve the 2050 carbon neutral goal.

Click here to download a pdf version of MEAN’s Carbon Neutral 2050 Vision booklet published September 15, 2021.

Previously Posted: Council Debates Future Of Imperial Light Dam, The Imperial Republican
[Imperial’s Public Works Superintendent Pat Davison] presented information on a program through the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) to partner with a private firm, Sandhills Energy, to install a solar farm in Imperial for electricity production . . . Twenty-two Nebraska communities have expressed interest in the program with the hope of eventual lower electrical costs. 


OPPD Continues Strong Focus On Reliability & Resilience For Future Generation

OPPD News Release, January 20, 2022

During this week’s all-committees meeting for the OPPD Board of Directors, utility leaders discussed resource planning work. OPPD must submit an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) every five years as part of a long-term contract to receive hydroelectric power. The utility uses comprehensive decision-support tools to evaluate resource options for the IRP, which serves as a road map for future generation and power purchases.

This latest IRP will take into account recently released findings from OPPD’s latest portfolio modeling process to move the utility toward its goal of net-zero carbon by 2050. The plan also includes the district’s Power with Purpose project to add up to 600 megawatts (MW) of solar generation with natural gas backup to power our growing communities, as well as the retirement of North Omaha Station units 1-3 and repowering of units 4-5 to run on natural gas.

Board officer positions for 2022

During today’s monthly board meeting, directors elected officer positions for the coming year, opting to retain the positions held in 2021. They also confirmed standing committee assignments for 2022.