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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.

CLOSED: This comment period has concluded.

Your proposed change declares "Scientific consensus of human impact on climate change". That is not a correct statement, even though it would be considered "politically correct". There is not a scientific consensus on any such thing. The statement ignores the historic record on climate and scientific studies of the reasons for climate change, formerly called "global warming". "Human impact" on global warming is used to describe the impact of the use of fossil or carbon fuels such as coal or oil and the carbon dioxide produced as a result. Historical records reveal that global temperatures were substantially higher during the Middle Ages, long before the combustion engine was even invented! That increased warmth was not a bad thing, as it resulted in the growing of food crops in Europe in areas much further north than is possible today. Such natural occurrences as sunspots and volcanic eruptions produce more warming and more carbon emissions that all the vehicles ever driven throughout history. Also carbon dioxide is not necessarily bad as plants need CO2 to create food using photosynthesis and releasing oxygen into the air. Should we be good stewards of the land? Of course! But abandoning reliable sources of energy or making "politically correct" statements based on politics rather than science does not give us the reliable energy at low cost that we expect you to provide. Thank you for your time and attention and thank you for serving us as members of the OPPD Board!

Littlebit 6 months ago

I strongly support all efforts by OPPD to validate and act on the climate crisis that we face.

fgrant 6 months ago

I support and believe that OPPD should publicly acknowledge the scientific consensus about climate change and we should seize this opportunity to refocus our priorities on clean and renewable energy.

Bryanmiller1988 6 months ago

We’ve needed this for a while and it’s never to late too start. Please bring us a more sustainable future for our children.

mansalou 6 months ago

I understand some people in our community do not believe our climate is changing to the point of danger and find such revisions unnecessary due to our lack of personal evidence. If you are one of these people, I see you and understand where you are coming from, though I do not share your same belief. I want to provide some information about our beliefs and science to think a little more deeply about why you believe climate change is not a problem. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201810/what-actually-is-belief-and-why-is-it-so-hard-change).

"People tend to trust their physical senses and to believe their perceptions." We live in a region where we experience changes in weather from day to day, so it's difficult to notice any changes in our climate as a whole, hence the belief that climate is not actually any different than years previous. Not only do we use our own sensational perceptions to identify what we believe is true, but our beliefs are "learned at an early age from parents and other adult authority figures." We have literally been told what to believe,, and "faith is far more natural and intuitive to the human brain than is science" so we stubbornly hold on to our faithful beliefs, even when evidence suggests our belief lacks truth. "Faith is based on belief without evidence, whereas science is based on evidence without belief" and unfortunately for those who dismiss climate change, climate change is based on research void of any personal beliefs.

"Science values the changing of minds through disproving previously held beliefs and challenging received authority with new evidence." The official peer reviewed science behind climate change provides evidence we need to change our habits, but that also means we need to re-evaluate our beliefs around how we view and treat the environment, despite what we learned growing up. It's tricky because our brains literally do not want to put in the extra work to change our minds to believe the science, because "radically restructuring our belief system and creating a new worldview engages parts of the brain involved in higher reasoning processes and computation, and is consequently more effortful, time- and energy-consuming." Plus, it's embarrassing and possibly costly to our reputation to admit we're fundamentally wrong.

I'm not here to tell anyone they are wrong, or stupid, or evil. I am here to ask you to consider your beliefs toward environmental issues and why you believe them. Despite your beliefs, I also ask - can't we try to be environmentally conscious even if the planet may not be in danger?

alove9 6 months ago

Any actions that can be taken by OPPD to support our moves to sustainable energy are critical. I fully support these plans and push for even more action items/shorter timelines.

smartasschick 6 months ago

As an Omaha resident and OPPD customer ( and simply as a rational, conscientious human) I support the proposed language to be added to OPPDs Strategic Directive 7 and I thank the Board members who proposed it.
That one sentence provides calm and clear justification for the operational statements which follow it. And without stating it specifically I think it provides cause for acting with as much urgency as we (both utility and customer) can muster.
As the saying goes, the first step in recovery is admitting there's a problem.

Mark Zimmermann

Mark Zimmermann 6 months ago

I fully support this Policy and look forward to seeing OPPD develop clean energy solutions that make our city and environment a place that lasts for future generations! Thank you for this resolution.

CVoorhees 6 months ago

Transparency is key in any business. I appreciate the addition of adding the current emission statics to the website and the intention of educating the public. I would like to know specific details on how these steps will be taken, and what type of research will be ongoing. Partnerships with apartment and townhome organizations for more energy efficient methods is very much needed as well.

With any plan, a detailed set of actions, expected outcomes and results should be measured. This is a good start, now we need details on how these will be met and what the expected outcomes will be. As well as following up quarterly and yearly with the steps and actions taken, and plans for the future quarters.

RDock 6 months ago

I completely and fully support OPPD adding this language. The time for climate action was yesterday, but today will have to do. Thank you for taking the steps to direct our focus on making this state a leader in sustainable energy. We have the ability to produce so much wind and solar energy. It is well beyond the time to make substantial changes to how we harvest and deliver energy. It's time to be innovative. Our children deserve a better future than the one we have laid out. I applaud oppd for taking this little step towards a more sustainable Nebraska. I beg you to see the importance in this step.

Aly.peeler.kavanaugh 6 months ago

Allowing for neoliberal constructs such as "Net Zero" emissions, which equate carbon emission offsets and technology investments with real emissions reductions at source, would only exacerbate existing pollution burdens on frontline communities. Such loopholes for carbon markets and unproven techno-fixes only serve to line the coffers of the polluting corporations, while increasing (not reducing) harm to our communities. People's power should not be white people's power, OPPD needs to clean up its act and stop contributing to environmental racism in the form of dirty power plants in majority Black communities like North Omaha. Black people should not be disproportionately breathing the dirty air created by white people - climate change cannot be addressed without dismantling racism and white "supremacy." There is no reason why we can't get to 100% renewable energy that does not rely on fracked gas, false mechanisms like carbon capture and sequestration, and biofuels and biogas that will not reduce emissions. 2050 is too far, not enough, and will not lead to efficacious climate action measures.

arogerswright 6 months ago

While mostly a symbolic gesture, this is a long overdue acknowledgment that will set the tone going forward. I am proud to see OPPD making a solid commitment toward sustainability and zero emissions, despite anti-scientific pandering by local lame duck politicians.

danielgrothe 6 months ago

I think it’s important to seek a better balance of our human impact on the environment, our public power system provides an opportunity for this. Seems like a simple and direct step forward.

thatsluke 6 months ago

All for the update. Thank you for taking our future seriously.

ManneC 6 months ago

This is a no brainer. So glad this revision is being proposed
To be opposed to this is to not having been graduated from elementary school
Or worse yet ...it likely makes you a Trumplican

Tom Tilden 6 months ago

This red lined statement is true, succinct and I support the addition. We can no longer deny the large body of Scientific evidence from nearly every climate scientist world wide. We must act and act decisively on this issue. Stating it so, is the right step, then continue the follow up action to cut carbon. I appreciate the vital changes going on at OPPD. Thank you!

Don Preister 6 months ago

I shall start first with your premise that there is a scientific consensus that climate change, i.e. global warming, is man made. This is not true. Many scientists disagree with this, but they are shunned and silenced by environmentalists. Any person with any scientific degree, regardless of experience, who agrees with this principle is counted as an expert only because they agree.
Second, saying greenhouse emissions, i.e. carbon emisions, is warming the environment is a dubious claim. I have seen the charts showing CO2 in the atmosphere and temperature change and I can point to many examples where the opposite happens. Look at the chart given by Al Gore' so called documentary (which has been shown to be contrived and false) and any high school student could see your statement is not true.
Third, why do you hide under the mask of "climate change". Please say what you mean, global warming. Climate always changes. Perhaps you were not taught that the northern portion of our continent was covered in glaciers and they have been receding for 10,000 years. Did man cause that?
Fourth, the measurement methods used by the environmental community is flawed. Many measuring devices are improperly placed and with the growth of our cities many now sit in parking lots instead of open fields. Add to this many measurements are no longer being taken in many parts of the world (e.g. Russia/Siberia and Canada). I sincerely doubt this has been taken into account.
Fifth, many dramatic pieces of evidence (polar bear extinction and shrinking ice at the south pole) have been debunked.
Sixth, you should be focusing on energy independence, dependability and maintenance of existing systems. Wind and solar are not dependable and not scalable to our needs. As an additional source it may be fine, but they are also expensive and use government subsidies which is out tax dollars. They're not free. One of your missions is to provide inexpensive energy to our community, not drive up our costs as has happened over the past few years. This is a hidden tax on consumers and disproportionately harms the poor in our community.
Seventh, this is nothing more than a political stunt with no meaning. You could not say this and still take the same actions. You are kowtowing to environmentalists, nothing more.
Eighth, as you drive our costs up why aren't you looking at nuclear power? Many environmentalists, including one of the founders of Greenpeace, have said we should be looking at this. Many in Europe are questioning their movement away from it. Germany for example is now dependent on Russia for gas as they moved away from nuclear. Is your plan similar?
Ninth, every prediction about climate change/global warming has been wrong. This is science based on computer models that don't work and the resulting errors are blamed on the data, not the models. No other scientific community would use this.
Tenth, this agenda you are moving towards is not the true agenda of the environmentalists. Their agenda is power and control and you are falling for it. If they truly cared about the planet they wouldn't be recommending half the nonsensical things they propose and spreading the disinformation you are baited with and passing on to the uninformed population. I could go on...
Please remove this statement. It is unnecessary and deceitful.

criedmann 6 months ago

I believe it is absolutely essential that OPPD base its policies and priorities on scientific rather than partisan political foundations and I urge the Board to adopt the proposed SD-7 Revisions ASAP.

Dean Bard 6 months ago

As OPPD pursues its goals of decarbonization and energy generation diversification, I applaud this language change that intensifies and emboldens the future choices of the District to make fiscally responsible decisions that are consistent with energy generation best practices and within the confines of stewardship of our common home. Recent votes towards Power with Purpose will serve to improve the resilience of OPPD's power grid, while also insulating ratepayers and stakeholders from future price volatility of fossil-based fuels (yes, I attended the public forums and took extensive notes). I'm not a political person, I try my best to steer clear of anything resembling political rhetoric. Instead, as a PhD scientist who works in the field of energy generation, I spend much of my time reading scientific literature and writing in scientific journals about emerging discoveries in the field of energy technology and the continual "upgrade" of best practices for power companies. That extensive research informs me that OPPD is taking the right steps, the prudent steps, the steps that will be applauded in future generations. It also tells me that they are not alone in this. Private companies across the country are recognizing the positive financial benefits of creating policies that are in line with the science of human-induced climate change. For that reason, I believe SD-7 is a message that is consistent with a future OPPD that will be increasingly resilient and also attractive to bringing in large companies and jobs (for example, see the expansion in Sarpy county businesses due to OPPD's proactive stance on energy generation). I'm proud to live in a state and district where the power company is beholden to the will of the people and their ratepayers, and it is my observation that the Board of Directors are acting in the best interest of their constituents, based on the platforms they ran on during their elections. Nothing being amended in SD-7 should be of any surprise if you followed that election. It is consistent with the values of the Board, who were duly elected by their communities. Have the dynamics shifted in recent years? Of course. Do I think every constituent should be heard? Of course. But the will of the majority has changed, and the majority of Omahaans, those who voted for our current slate of Board members, believe in the science of climate change. They believe, as I do, that updating the language of our Strategic Directives is an important step to insuring that the future decisions made by the district come from a place of well-researched and well-documented facts. Continual kudos to OPPD for maintaining extreme transparency on these processes and soliciting comment from constituents, whether it be their generation portfolio, their emissions data, their strategic directives, their decarbonization efforts, or their recent power with purpose plan. With very little effort, I am able to follow along exactly with the process and comment when their efforts are either in-line or out-of-line with my extensive knowledge in this area.

DoctorB 6 months ago

I second OPPD Boardmember Cavanaugh's statement as written in the Omaha World Herald:

“I don’t see where adding that phrase changes how we do business,” Cavanaugh said. “It’s a politically motivated change to appease the folks who are very outspoken about fighting climate change.”

I feel like our Mission Statement says it all and nothing more needs to be said:
'To provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.'

John A Dolton 6 months ago
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