OPPD's Commitment to Clean Energy
Several members of SFS attended a meeting held by Omaha’s OPPD board of directors on Thursday, Oct. 17. At the meeting, citizens and various organizations were invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding OPPD’s new clean-energy plan, called power with a purpose. OPPD plans to make their serviced areas 100% net-zero carbon emission by 2050. The board ended up voting 7-1 to move forward with the plan to create Nebraska’s largest solar farm; which will be able to generate near to 600 megawatts of energy, which is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 300,000 homes. Construction for the solar farm is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2022-23, and the plants will have backup natural gas facilities to ensure their reliability. OPPD also plans on discontinuing the burning of coal once they shut down three of their five wind turbines, and use the remaining two for natural gas rather than coal. This plan is extremely beneficial for the environment and is important progress in making Omaha a greener city!