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Thank you to those who attended our online community meetings on Sept. 29 and 30 about the new natural gas peaking facilities as part of the Power with Purpose project. If you missed the meetings, you can view them now online. You may ask additional questions or comment by through the Q & A tool located at the bottom of this page.

  • Click here to watch the recording of the meeting about the site near 168 and Fairview.
  • Click here to watch the recording of the meeting about the site near 120th and Military.
  • For additional information about these online meetings, you may click the "Online Community Meetings" button or click here.
  • Drone footage of the 120th & Military site is available now to watch, click here.

About Power with Purpose

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.

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 5 - 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:

FAQs



Thank you to those who attended our online community meetings on Sept. 29 and 30 about the new natural gas peaking facilities as part of the Power with Purpose project. If you missed the meetings, you can view them now online. You may ask additional questions or comment by through the Q & A tool located at the bottom of this page.

  • Click here to watch the recording of the meeting about the site near 168 and Fairview.
  • Click here to watch the recording of the meeting about the site near 120th and Military.
  • For additional information about these online meetings, you may click the "Online Community Meetings" button or click here.
  • Drone footage of the 120th & Military site is available now to watch, click here.

About Power with Purpose

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.

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 5 - 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:

FAQs


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