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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 is seeking feedback regarding Strategic Directive 7 – Environmental Stewardship Revision.

Use the Guestbook Comment form below to give the board your feedback.

The deadline for comments is Friday, May 14. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.


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 is seeking feedback regarding Strategic Directive 7 – Environmental Stewardship Revision.

Use the Guestbook Comment form below to give the board your feedback.

The deadline for comments is Friday, May 14. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.


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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Wachiska Audubon Society supports the proposed change to OPPD Board Policy SD-7, which would add add the sentence “The OPPD Board of Directors recognizes the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, from human activity contribute to climate change impacts.”

Wachiska is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society that serves 17 counties in southeast Nebraska, many of which are in OPPD’s service area. Our mission is to preserve and restore native grasslands and other natural ecosystems, promote birding, support native wildlife, provide educational opportunities and advocate on behalf of our natural environment and sustainability.

Decisions made by public power entities do have long term impact on ecosystems and the things that live in them, including humans. The acknowledgment by OPPD of climate change parallels that of the Lincoln Electric System and City of Lincoln, which are taking steps Wachiska also supports. We believe that the time for arguing whether the earth's (and Nebraska's) climate is changing is long past and that denying the existence of climate change serves no useful purpose. National Audubon Society has done extensive work on this and finds numerous bird species will no longer exist in a few years because of climate change. However, it is not too late to take steps to mitigate the effects of the crisis.
Thank you.

Wachiska Audubon Society 2 days ago

I oppose the additional language of SD7. First it was "global cooling", then it was "global warming." Now it's "climate change". You run a power company. Please stop it with the pseudoscience and keep the lights on in the most cost efficient way possible. Thank you.

chhasseb 2 days ago

I oppose the proposed move towards unreliable energy sources like solar panel and wind farms, exactly the unreliable sources that caused blackouts and energy shortages in NE during the February Freeze!
I believe we should use reliable fuel sources like clean coal, natural gas, and nuclear.
Thanks!

artT 3 days ago

Thank you for demonstrating your leadership with the addition of the language acknowledging the toll that humans have had on climate change. Truth be told, this could even be more strongly worded, as scientific consensus states that climate change is primarily due to human activity. I would love to see OPPD also recalibrate the goal of net zero by 2050 to net zero by 2030, as well as look at all tools that would help make this transition as efficient as possible: namely, a carbon fee and dividend. How our largest utility responds to the climate crisis will indeed be a reflection on the kind of city Omaha wants to be in the future.

ifinnegan3 4 days ago

I write to commend OPPD’s revision to your policy recognizing the man made responsibility for climate change and your increased efforts to plan for responsible energy generation to minimize future harm. The science on these issues is established and clear and should prompt all utilities to commit to responsible energy policy to provide for a net zero carbon commitment for the very near future. I am proud to live in a community that is served by a energy utility that is upholding its responsibilities to provide responsibly produced energy resources and is a committed to addressing our challenges of the future.

Bob Wells, Omaha

Rcwells 4 days ago

I'm impressed with the OPPD Board and its commitment to transform the business during a time of great change. Thank you for acknowledging climate change and including it in a strategic directive. Human activity IS the primary driver of the climate change, and it is the one thing we can actually manage and impact. And I hope that the new CEO will work with the Board to develop a more aggressive timeline for OPPD's net-zero goal, bringing our public utility more in line with the bold U.S. companies that are accelerating their transition to 2030 or 2035. Thanks, OPPD, for all you do on behalf of our community.

Tracy Stanko 4 days ago

I strongly support the revision to SD-7. As a meteorologist, I consider it an accurate and, in fact, overdue recognition. I believe that it also provides additional impetus to OPPD's decarbonization plan. The fact that OPPD cannot single-handedly stop climate change through it's actions should not be an impediment to doing what we are able to, as we all need to be an active part of a larger, global effort to avert the worst effects of climate change.

JPollack 4 days ago

It has been theorized that the entire United States could be powered by, roughly, 10,000 square miles of solar panels with current technology. This puts the power density greater than that of nuclear without the complicated side effects, and at a lower cost. I am thrilled to read about all of the exciting projects OPPD is implementing like Platteview Solar. I think we can easily be carbon neutral by 2030 if we put our minds to it.

John Wichita 4 days ago

I welcome the possibility of SD-7. Climate should be a priority for us as leaders in the world. However, the renewable energy sources being proposed are not as reliable and not fully developed to be implemented in a large scale. I would rather focus on natural gas and clean coal as the way to go.

hockey_fan3000 5 days ago

I welcome the very necessary revision SD-7. Thank you for recognizing humans' contribution to the climate crisis and for outlining the solutions OPPD is willing to take. Holding ourselves accountable for the negative impacts of our actions is certainly a step in the right direction!

kbritt 7 days ago

I support and applaud OPPD for addressing humanity’s role in the climate crisis. This change to SD7 provides further evidence that OPPD is a leader among electric utilities in addressing climate change. I look forward to continued strategic and operational leadership by OPPD as it works to decarbonize Omaha’s electricity supply.

gglazer 8 days ago

YES to SD-7 - thank you for putting forward these revisions. I fully support this with one exception. Based on current scientific recommendations, net zero by 2030 should be the goal.

ptz 9 days ago

Of course climate is changing; anyone arguing for "climate stasis"? Without climate change we couldn't have living organisms. Yes, greenhouse gases come from human activity. Those true statements beg the question of what to do about them. What are the scientifically measurable results from any OPPD actions? If you stop using coal at north Omaha, what are the degrees of warming that will be saved? You can tell the dollar amounts you'll spend changing over to natural gas but you can't tell the degrees of warming that will be saved. Therefore, OPPD needs to tell us the measurable costs versus the measurable results -- to be truly scientific.

leemyers 9 days ago

I applaud OPPD for working to make this change and fully support it. There is a scientific consensus on climate change and we should be making decisions based on good science. As Nebraskan's we cannot afford to ignore science and the changes taking place worldwide, or we will be left behind and obsolete.
We need grid resilience and to protect all of us from volatility--this February taught us that. Renewable energy can do that, while helping to reduce the pollution we breathe in and positively impacting environmental racism. It's important to have this statement on SD-7 and knowing that changes were made recently I appreciate you going back to add this. In recognizing this I hope that the board continues to work on CEO candidates that also support this vision and work to decarbonize ahead of the 2050 timeline. Additional scientific data shows that the speed of warming is accelerating and we are reaching tipping points faster than originally predicted. We need to act decisively and boldly now, before it's too late.

mstewart 9 days ago

I write to express my strong support for SD-7 Environmental Stewardship Revision. Not only does it align with my personal values, it is what Nebraska needs to mitigate climate change and continue to provide reliable sustainable power for Nebraskans.

KellyTO 9 days ago

Can you explain what you mean by "Human activity contributes to climate change impacts".

T.Ake 10 days ago

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ahowman 10 days ago

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

ET 10 days 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 10 days 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 10 days ago