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Today is a time of change in the utility industry. Utilities must embrace innovation and move quickly to find new and better ways to deliver affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to you, our customer-owners.

From time to time, OPPD’s Board of Directors will call upon customers to provide feedback on specific topics. Your feedback is used to help shape OPPD’s decisions and how we operate now and in the future.

We invite you to be part of the conversation. Please review the following information and give us your input.


Today’s Topic: SD-7 Environmental Stewardship Revision

OPPD was seeking feedback regarding Strategic Directive 7 – Environmental Stewardship Revision.

The deadline for comments was Friday, May 14. Thank you to those who provided feedback.


Click the image above to view the SD-7 revision


Next Steps:

OPPD’s board of directors will review all comments for consideration.


Public Records Disclaimer

Nebraska's public records law may require OPPD to provide to interested persons, including members of the news media, copies of your communications to us, including your name and other contact information.

Give Us Your Feedback

Today is a time of change in the utility industry. Utilities must embrace innovation and move quickly to find new and better ways to deliver affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to you, our customer-owners.

From time to time, OPPD’s Board of Directors will call upon customers to provide feedback on specific topics. Your feedback is used to help shape OPPD’s decisions and how we operate now and in the future.

We invite you to be part of the conversation. Please review the following information and give us your input.


Today’s Topic: SD-7 Environmental Stewardship Revision

OPPD was seeking feedback regarding Strategic Directive 7 – Environmental Stewardship Revision.

The deadline for comments was Friday, May 14. Thank you to those who provided feedback.


Click the image above to view the SD-7 revision


Next Steps:

OPPD’s board of directors will review all comments for consideration.


Public Records Disclaimer

Nebraska's public records law may require OPPD to provide to interested persons, including members of the news media, copies of your communications to us, including your name and other contact information.

Guestbook

OPPD's Board of Directors is accepting comments on SD-7 Revisions through May 14. Please leave your feedback here in our guestbook.

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ahowman 6 months ago

What purpose, other than a political statement, does this revision accomplish? It is not appropriate as Strategic Direction and should be rejected.

ET 6 months ago

4/29/21 - I watched Web Ex Board Meeting Open to Public announcing Xavier Fernandez as CEO finalist. I don't know him real well, but he seems like a great, genuine, lovable man. Really, really appreciate how timely you acted and came up with a decision, that it didn't drag agonizingly on, though I'm sure it felt long for you with all the interview process. I hope in times of challenge with our utility and community you remain courageous like Xavier to do what it is ultimately right and not what is politically correct and falsely fed fake news. OPPD must always have the most reliable powering sources available first to avoid any more forced regional blackouts (We saw how well those touted newer power sources worked with the Polar Vortex. They didn't deliver.) while secondly and wisely integrating other energy power sources. I think a clean climate is great, but it's way too overexaggerated and hindering our utility from what it could be. I do admire the people who have passion and heart about supporting green, but I don't think it's for our best interest over providing reliable power that can be continuously and technologically improved. We can still achieve a clean climate as well. At this point, if we blindly, under the politically correct spell follow the politically correct green or special interest crowds, OPPD along with other utilities will go down like the prideful, foolish Titanic. If we, again, do what is smart, right and act courageously for OPPD and our community, we will be successful in the years ahead. What I've perceived the past few years is more attention has been given to the newer energy sources that don't have the reliability to sustain dependable power. Nuclear power is clean and there is a future nuclear Natrium plant that runs safer on sodium that generates 345 Megawatts a little less than FCS online. It can be built for $1 billion dollars. That's cheap, (See article: How Bill Gates’ company TerraPower is building next-generation nuclear power, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/08/bill-gates-terrapower-is-building-next-generation-nuclear-power.html). The public would need to be educated, that would dispell a lot of fear and misinformation. I'm shocked that there's still people in Blair and my uncle who's buddy helped build FCS think people working at FCS can get cancer, BECAUSE they are not educated and the positives of something like nuclear are not instilled in the culture. We have 300 years of coal. That's the second most reliable power and technology can continue to make it cleaner. I don't think the earth is going to be covered with coal dust in 10-20 years - Maybe China will. We can still use coal responsibly until we are sure that, again, the other and newer power resources are reliable. This isn't a time to be popular. This is a time to do what's ultimately best for your constituents and the community. The trumpet has sounded. What will you do? Follow the crowd or do what's right? Will you be the OPPD Board of the hour? I realize this is a strong letter, but as you said we are living in a very critical hour which I take very seriously as I'm sure you do, because it can hurt a lot of people. I thank you and appreciate your attention to the feedback. Sincere, best wishes to you as you oversee OPPD. May your Board dreams come true. Ann Marie Howman

ahowman 6 months ago

Thank you OPPD for acknowledging the reality of climate change and taking steps in the right direction to combat its effects. I support these revisions.

cmbeau 6 months ago

On behalf of the 12,000 members in Audubon Nebraska, a state office of the National Audubon Society, we applaud the additional climate language in SD-7. Climate Change is a daunting problem, and we are pleased that OPPD has acknowledged and named the problem as the decisions made by our public power entities have tremendous potential to reduce carbon emissions.

In Nebraska and around the world, attention and the need for action to address problems stemming from the challenges of a warming world have become mainstream conversations. More and more people are aware of the threat posed by climate change because the abundance of scientific evidence is overwhelming. Statewide we have experienced climate change impacts first hand. Nebraskans have been devastated in the last several decades from repeated record-setting flooding and droughts.

The National Audubon Society is a conservation organization focused on birds and their conservation, and also works to bring awareness to the condition of our environment and how changes impact birds, natural resources, our economy, and our communities. Birds, which are often considered barometers of the environment are certainly in peril. The National Audubon Society recently completed an analysis of over 600 birds in North America and evaluated how they will fare with increasing temperatures. This analysis found that two-thirds are vulnerable to extinction if we do not reduce carbon emissions.

We applaud OPPD for taking action for positive change.

Kristal.Stoner 6 months ago

This policy is clearly contrary to Neb. Rev. Stat. sections 70-1101 and 70-1501. OPPD is violating the statutory public policy of Nebraska. OPPD has no legal authority to adopt this policy.

David D. Begley

David D. Begley 6 months ago

Thank you, OPPD, for acknowledging that climate change is a product of consumption and production by humans, and that it is our responsibility to stop climate change. I appreciate your efforts to use energy more sustainably.

akempc 6 months ago

I fully support the statement above and hope that it spurs change in the state legislature towards safeguarding our planet. I appreciate that OPPD has taken this stance and look forward to a more sustainable future.

ats29624 6 months ago

Thank you for considering to take the courageous step take an evidence based stance on Climate Change. We think it is vital that policy makers take the stance that Climate Change is human-caused, so that we, as humans, can move forward to try and solve the issue. We need to get out of the denial stage, and move onto making solutions. Hopefully if OPPD took a strong stance, the Nebraska Legislature would follow suit.

taratbrunner 6 months ago

I think it is extremely important that OPPD recognize that global warming is happening and that humans are the primary cause. I am all for this and am surprised that it is just now happening.

kennywasher 6 months ago

We appreciate that OPPD is looking ahead to responsible renewable energy and focusing on solutions-based approaches to providing clean energy to the community, with less reliance on coal, and more reliance on resilient and sustainable options. P.S. UNL's High Plains Climate Center and National Drought Mitigation Center have been leaders in climate science for a long time. It's time we listened to the scientists.

ARSambol 6 months ago

Test-agree/disagree

Kim Barnes 6 months ago

Recognizing that humans have caused climate change is incredibly important. I would like to show my appreciation to OPPD for undertaking this effort. I believe it is important to use language that supports the reality of the world that we are living in. I hope this is one of the first steps of many where OPPD chooses to put the environment first and uses its power to change our global reality that is facing the detrimental impacts of climate change.

jemalcom1 6 months ago

First of all, I want to thank OPPD for taking action toward a better future for humanity. As a mother of young children, I fear for their future and for their children’s future if nothing is done.
I have the following comments on this document: Number one, this needs to indicate that human activity is the reason the Earth is warming and is the cause of climate change impacts. Number two, I would ask that you commit to the goal of net zero carbon by 2035. We can’t make these changes soon enough to prevent significant changes to our way of life going forward. Number three, include reporting on monthly carbon dioxide emissions from OPPD generation and usage. Hold yourselves accountable and be transparent on the progress being made. And number four, advocate for the passage of a national carbon fee and dividend law by Congress. This is a research based solution to help drive innovation and protect the underprivileged as costs increase.
Thank you again for your consideration.

jlsmith0286 6 months ago

This revision is much needed in making the path forward clear, that climate change is largely contributed by humankind, and should be fixed by humankind. I support this revision, and implore that the next steps be towards reaching the goal of net zero carbon by 2035. To handle climate change, most change needs to happen within the next 10 years. A plan to do that must be put in place immediately. Solar has come a long way in recent years, and should only get better. Please make a larger commitment towards renewable energy and put us on the path to 2035.

jlee54 6 months ago

Change is absolutely essential. There is no question about that. The best available science shows that we need to be doing everything we can to mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, the science also does tell us that more needs to be done before 2050. We need more transparent tasks and explanations on how these emissions are going to be reduced. 2050 is a very distant goal and I don’t believe we will have time. These targets should be set for 2030. Climate scientists know that in about 10 years there may be positive feedback loops that could set the world up for the worst case scenario climate change effects. Please continue to play a leadership role in the energy industry. I love what you all have been doing, but there is more work to do. Thank you!

Annalatch 6 months ago

I fully support this action. It's at least a step in the right direction toward protecting future generations, environmentally and economically. Burying our heads the sand or repeating the debates of 20 years ago while the world around us has rapidly changed needs to stop. Thanks!

NB 6 months ago

I support this Revision by OPPD. It is a great first step towards lowering our footprint. My hope is that this leads to actionable items / incentives that can collectively help us reach that goal!

JW 6 months ago

I am an intuitive environmental artist. I am not a scientist. I have been noticing Climate Change/Extreme Weather for a long time. Thank you OPPD for this work to meet the challenges of Climate Change/Extreme Weather. Please remember the low income payers as you work this process. Energy such as Nuclear Power might have been correct at the time but time has changed, workers pay has changed. I believe we need to go with the low cost clean energy. Thank you for this consideration. Potter

PotterEA 6 months ago

I fully support OPPD's actions in acknowledging man-made climate change. It is overdue. Inaction is no longer an option we can afford.

huskral 6 months ago
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