Solar + Natural Gas

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OPPD has begun a decarbonization study to understand how we can make progress toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward that goal and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. OPPD is siting and developing up to 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation, and up to 600 megawatts of backup natural gas. The project will be one of the largest renewable energy investments of its kind in the Midwest.

This plan allows us to retire our oldest, coal-fired units at North Omaha Station and continue to integrate more renewable, clean energy into our system, ultimately supporting our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050. We are working hard to do our part and be a catalyst for change.

OPPD Announces Proposed Natural Gas Sites

At OPPD's September board committee meeting, OPPD unveiled two locations sited for backup natural gas generation. Read more at OPPDtheWire or view the board presentation.

Click buttons below for site specific information and details on all upcoming community meetings.

Why Utility-Scale Solar and Backup Natural Gas Now?

The energy landscape is changing rapidly. That’s why we are always evaluating feasibility and cost effectiveness of energy technologies, including solar. Solar technology continues to improve, and costs have come down.

Adding natural gas backup is an important component that will improve reliability and provide power when the sun isn’t shining. Since natural gas will only back-up the solar generation, the new natural gas facilities are estimated to operate about 10-15% of the time, and only as needed per market conditions.

Technologies around natural gas production have evolved, and have many benefits, including:

  • New, modern natural gas facilities ramp up faster, quickly adding generation when we need it
  • New facilities generate lower emissions than older gas facilities
  • Gaseous fueled Combustion turbines are currently in operation at OPPD peaking stations in Sarpy and Cass counties and reciprocating engines (RICE) are currently used at Elk City Station. Both types have proven to be an efficient, flexible and reliable source of energy generation.

To learn more about natural gas and solar generation or to read the Power with Purpose frequently asked questions, please click on the graphics below:

Natural Gas Education
Solar Education
FAQs


OPPD has begun a decarbonization study to understand how we can make progress toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward that goal and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. OPPD is siting and developing up to 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation, and up to 600 megawatts of backup natural gas. The project will be one of the largest renewable energy investments of its kind in the Midwest.

This plan allows us to retire our oldest, coal-fired units at North Omaha Station and continue to integrate more renewable, clean energy into our system, ultimately supporting our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050. We are working hard to do our part and be a catalyst for change.

OPPD Announces Proposed Natural Gas Sites

At OPPD's September board committee meeting, OPPD unveiled two locations sited for backup natural gas generation. Read more at OPPDtheWire or view the board presentation.

Click buttons below for site specific information and details on all upcoming community meetings.

Why Utility-Scale Solar and Backup Natural Gas Now?

The energy landscape is changing rapidly. That’s why we are always evaluating feasibility and cost effectiveness of energy technologies, including solar. Solar technology continues to improve, and costs have come down.

Adding natural gas backup is an important component that will improve reliability and provide power when the sun isn’t shining. Since natural gas will only back-up the solar generation, the new natural gas facilities are estimated to operate about 10-15% of the time, and only as needed per market conditions.

Technologies around natural gas production have evolved, and have many benefits, including:

  • New, modern natural gas facilities ramp up faster, quickly adding generation when we need it
  • New facilities generate lower emissions than older gas facilities
  • Gaseous fueled Combustion turbines are currently in operation at OPPD peaking stations in Sarpy and Cass counties and reciprocating engines (RICE) are currently used at Elk City Station. Both types have proven to be an efficient, flexible and reliable source of energy generation.

To learn more about natural gas and solar generation or to read the Power with Purpose frequently asked questions, please click on the graphics below:

Natural Gas Education
Solar Education
FAQs


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