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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.

Thank you for this change! Please consider naming methane as a greenhouse gas as well as carbon dioxide.

blueboathome 6 months ago

Seems like a no-brainer. Why would a public utility NOT state the overarching goal of its energy-transition policies?
One might argue that the goal is apparent already in the directive's existing bullet points, in phrases such as "environmentally responsible manner" and "goal of net zero carbon production by 2050." But these are vague and don't state the underlying rationale.
One might argue that the proposed language invites a needless partisan dust-up (given past hostility from climate-change deniers in the Legislature). But that would be cowardly, an abdication of OPPD's duty to tell the public what it is doing and why.
Call a spade a spade, and let the chips fall where they may.

RR 6 months ago

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snyderdarc 6 months ago

Thank you for making the obvious explicit! Now we can quit arguing about the facts and get on with addressing it. I think OPPD is doing a great job! I just finished Bill Gates' book, How to Avoid Climate Disaster, and realized what a big job we have. Go OPPD!

TooTallSid 6 months ago

This is a useless piece of information that has no impact on the actual strategies or goals in the future. This leads me to conclude that it is a political statement that is trying to appease a certain small group of individuals. OPPD should focus on striving towards cleaner energy, but reliability and affordability have to be the main driving forces. As shown in the last couple months, our grid is getting more vulnerable to instability and rolling blackouts should not be an acceptable operating practice.

zsimonds2 6 months ago

The objective here needs to be lowering electric power bill rates and increase reliability or replace directors on the board.
The "existential threat " consists of China Joe, Queen Nancy, Chuckie, the CCP, and their woke crew. Please don't californicate Nebraska. OPPD and NPPD need to have the highest highest priority lower cost and more , reliable power and not the big Fake News agenda.

Unfortunately the entire "climate change" crisis scam is used as a reason to control people, extract $ from our pockets and to take our freedom (I see similar behavior from the left with respect to the Wuhan China virus). Remember the left loves to create a crisis so they can impose their will on us. Climate has changed before humans were here and will continue to change with or without us and there is nothing we can do about it (we are along for the ride). One example, how does the left explain the ice age melt? We cannot control earthquakes, weather and viruses but we think for $100T we can suddenly control the climate as AOC (aka Marxist bartender) says we can do? Do not be fooled.

The Icelandic volcano eruptions a few years ago which closed North Atlantic airways actually injected far more carbon dioxide into the environment than several years of human activity.Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) - Midamerican Power

If you drive east on I 80 from Omaha thru western Iowa you'll see numerous wind generators belonging to BHE. What you'll miss is the very large coal fired plant south of Council Bluffs. Around 10 years ago a massive upgrade occurred at the plant. Apparently the capacity was increased and scrubbers to clean the exhaust were included. I'm told there is even a process which "cleans" the coal before it is burned occurrs. On the horizon a clear day you call where the plant is because you see a small white cloud of condensation. I believe this all occurred just before the Obama war on coal.

BHE has offered Texas the 10 gas turbine power plants with on site gas storage to provide emergency relief for their power grid.

Cleaning Coal | Full Measure - Bing video

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=full+measure+atkinson+coal&&view=detail&mid=19227FF37528AD66747F19227FF37528AD66747F&rvsmid=25528E7DBED3

As coal companies are shutting down in Gillette, Wyoming, workers in the coal industry have lost their jobs. We talk to some of the people most affected by all the coal plants shutting do

Arthur Eichler 6 months ago

I fully support OPPD’s acknowledgment of the human contribution to climate change. Goals are only achievable when you correctly identify the issues that got you there in the first place. As a public utility it’s imperative that OPPD operates in a way that betters the entire community it serves. This acknowledgement is a great step in that direction.

Mrkbingham 6 months ago

Both the Trump administration and the Biden administration include lowering greenhouse gases in the National Security Strategy. Perhaps a simple statement that the United States will continue to seek to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump Administration NSS - Page 22 https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf

Biden Administration Interim NSS - PAge 11 https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NSC-1v2.pdf

RedHot94 6 months ago

Thank you to the Board of Directors, and the OPPD Management & Staff, for the work that has gone into this Strategic Directive revision. Acknowledging that climate change is occurring, and that human activity is the dominant cause of the climate crisis we all face is essential to tackling the challenge.

Electric generation is a substantial segment of anthropocentric greenhouse gas emissions. I am optimistic that this revision will be another step on the path that leads OPPD to achieve net-zero carbon. I strongly urge further action to immediately reduce the District's emissions, as well as developing plans to address the emission of the past, and the consequences of those emissions on the peoples most impacted. Please keep up the continued commitment to Environmental Stewardship.

ScottHW 6 months ago

The addition of language on climate change to SD-7 is a welcome improvement. It could be stronger as the scientific consensus is not just that humans actively contribute, but in the words of the 2014 National Climate Assessment "The global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities."
The board was elected to provide new leadership and must continue to push OPPD to catch up with best practices on sustainability in the industry at large and this change is one step for that.
Just this week over a dozen utilities including Exelon asked the federal government to implement a Clean Energy Standard to ensure the electricity industry cuts carbon emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is in line with the larger policy push toward a total decarbonization of the electrical sector by 2035- 15 years faster than OPPDs current goal. OPPD cannot afford to be caught flat-footed as the rest of the country moves rapidly toward decarbonization.

Ryan Wishart 6 months ago

Thank you to the OPPD board for working to improve SD7 and getting climate change explicitly added to the Strategic Directive! I support this update and would like to see a stronger version if possible that makes it more clear that humans are causing climate change and that OPPD is committed to reducing emissions. But, this is a good step in the right direction and I am glad to see this update. Thank you!

LizVeazey 6 months ago

I oppose this purely political measure.

rdmarco 6 months ago

Interesting how the term 'global warming' changed to 'climate change' over the years. OPPD is now apparently a 'woke' company and has to keep up with the times. If the board of directors, OPPD management, and other climate change people believe in all of this hype then it is time to start walking the walk. Stop driving your gas or diesel fueled vehicles that you own and stop using natural gas as a heating source for your home. Then install a wind turbine in your yard, solar panels on your roof, and a battery backup system in your basement. You will find out that it is not cheap. Did anyone in the Omaha metro area care about what source of power generation (Coal, Gas, Wind, and Solar) was being used to supply electricity to their home in February during the 'Polar Vortex'?
What happened in February was just a matter of time to play out and it won't be the last event regardless of the season. Who's to say the wind will be blowing and the sun will be shining when we need them the most? OPPD management stated the wind generation in February did not fail us because 'THE WIND WAS NOT FORCASTED TO BLOW' so wind turbines could not be blamed. That would be similar to a gas turbine not having a gas supply or a coal fired power plant not having coal to burn.
Our country has been seeing a decrease of baseload fossil fuel generation over several years thanks to these wonderful EPA laws which make it too expensive to retrofit older generating stations who then decide to shut down and retire those units. People need to wake up and realize the importance of baseload generation (coal, nuclear, gas) because we all take electricity for granted until it's too late and the power is out in the middle of a cold winter or a hot summer.

EarthLover 6 months ago

This is a subtle but important inclusion, and I applaud the OPPD Board of Directors for the proposed revision to SD-7. I appreciate knowing my public power leaders acknowledge the key reason for decarbonizing our energy sources, and support all their efforts to do so. As others have commented, I would love to see the target year for the net zero carbon production goal accelerated to 2035. As the parent of young children, I do not want them to have to wait until they are grown to see a stabilizing climate. I hope the world of their future is vibrant, equitable and cleanly-powered -- with Omaha leading the way.

kmfitzgerald 6 months ago

Good job! This new language has clarified your goal: not just to cut down on air pollution, but to mitigate climate change.
To that end, we need carbon free electricity by 2035 so that the other sectors-- such as ground transportation, home heating and cooking, as well as technology-- can also mitigate their GHGs.
A nationwide price on carbon would help with this goal, because if all utilities were planning for the same scheduled increase in the cost of fossil fuels, market forces would more quickly bring in better batteries, better storage, smarter grids, and more. A carbon fee and dividend, passing the revenue on to households, would protect your customers from any increases in cost to them.

francesmendenhall 6 months ago

Thank you for updating your SD-7 policy. Recognizing the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and its causal relationship to human activity is significant. I would suggest that the wording should reflect that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity is the primary reason the Earth is warming and is the cause of climate change impacts. Also in line with scientific consensus is the consideration that waiting until 2050 to achieve net zero carbon production with regards to OPPDs activities should be shortened to 2035. With regards to the last bullet point, OPPD should actively lobby for a market based solution that will catalyze the economy to help move away from fossil fuel usage. At the same time, this market based solution should also protect lower-income customer/owners through a dividend rebate.

S. Lehr 6 months ago

Thank you so much for strengthening your language in this strategic directive to reflect the science that is behind the climate crisis. Please let the language reflect that the greenhouse gas emissions from human activity IS the reason the earth is warming and causing climate change impacts. Please consider changing the goal of net zero to 2035 rather than 2050. Please encourage congress to enact a market based solution that will be an economy wide incentive to find ways to replace fossil fuel use. This will help OPPD move away from burning more fossil fuels.

jglazer 6 months ago

The redlined addition is meaningless. Assuming arguendo that mankind's activities are generating carbon dioxide that is altering the climate, the real issue is how much is carbon dioxide contributing to the change.

I also note that the word "impacts" is totally meaningless. Is it a good impact or a bad impact? Furthermore, the scientific consensus has been created by people who have a large financial incentive to create models about what *might* happen in the future. These doomsday models are based on the ultra high emissions assumptions of RCP 8.5. The data that is imputed in the models is also corrupt.

CAGW is a scam and OPPD is making a giant policy error by participating in the scam.

David D. Begley
Omaha

David D. Begley 6 months ago
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