Standing Bear Lake Station

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For the latest happenings at the Standing Bear Lake Station site location, please see the News Feed at the bottom of this page.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. Standing Bear Lake Station is one of this initiative’s backup natural gas plants.

Standing Bear Lake Station will be located near North 120th Street and Military Road. It will include nine reciprocating engines for generation, along with a substation for transmission.

Standing Bear Lake Station will be used to balance the energy load as appropriate and the plant will run only as needed, per market conditions (estimated at less than 15% of the time).

Why the name “Standing Bear Lake Station?”

Located near Standing Bear Lake in Omaha, the new Douglas County site will take on that name. Honoring the 19th-century Ponca chief and Native American civil rights leader, the name Standing Bear is one rooted in pride, passion and respect.

Why Natural Gas:

New natural gas facilities will provide greater operating flexibility and enable OPPD to further integrate renewable energy into our portfolio, while maintaining affordability, reliability and resiliency.

Adding this generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and will enable OPPD’s system to remain resilient. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major outage event.

Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)

The utility has selected nine Wärtsilä 18V50DF reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) to power OPPD’s new Standing Bear Lake Station in northwest Omaha, one of two gas plants that will serve as backup to the coming solar generation.

RICE technology converts natural gas into energy to drive a generator, which produces electricity. These natural gas internal combustion engines Wärtsilä will provide can also run on light fuel oil, adding fuel flexibility.

They are capable of running on a 15% hydrogen/natural gas blend in support of future technology advancements. The RICE engines offer fast start-up to rapidly address the influx of renewables and the changing generation needs of the electrical grid.


Preliminary Map

This preliminary and conceptual map shows the layout of the Standing Bear Lake Station site as of Nov. 2021. It outlines where the new natural gas generation peaking station and substation may be located. The existing cell phone tower should be removed by the end of 2021. It will be replaced with a temporary cell tower, and eventually moved to a permanent location on the M.U.D. property. The map also shows the area on the northwest triangle of the property will be used to support construction staging and laydown.

Additional Site Information

Community Meeting: North 120th & Military Road

OPPD The Wire: New facility names reflect history, geography of region

OPPD The Wire: OPPD presents details of new backup natural gas generation

OPPD The Wire: OPPD signs contract for two natural gas generation stations

RambleRidge Neighborhood Homeowners Association: Nov. 2021 Presentation

OPPD The Wire: Work progressing at natural gas sites

OPPD The Wire: OPPD seeks to extend current operations at North Omaha Station

OPPD The Wire: Video: Massive engines mark a Power with Purpose milestone

For the latest happenings at the Standing Bear Lake Station site location, please see the News Feed at the bottom of this page.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. Standing Bear Lake Station is one of this initiative’s backup natural gas plants.

Standing Bear Lake Station will be located near North 120th Street and Military Road. It will include nine reciprocating engines for generation, along with a substation for transmission.

Standing Bear Lake Station will be used to balance the energy load as appropriate and the plant will run only as needed, per market conditions (estimated at less than 15% of the time).

Why the name “Standing Bear Lake Station?”

Located near Standing Bear Lake in Omaha, the new Douglas County site will take on that name. Honoring the 19th-century Ponca chief and Native American civil rights leader, the name Standing Bear is one rooted in pride, passion and respect.

Why Natural Gas:

New natural gas facilities will provide greater operating flexibility and enable OPPD to further integrate renewable energy into our portfolio, while maintaining affordability, reliability and resiliency.

Adding this generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and will enable OPPD’s system to remain resilient. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major outage event.

Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)

The utility has selected nine Wärtsilä 18V50DF reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) to power OPPD’s new Standing Bear Lake Station in northwest Omaha, one of two gas plants that will serve as backup to the coming solar generation.

RICE technology converts natural gas into energy to drive a generator, which produces electricity. These natural gas internal combustion engines Wärtsilä will provide can also run on light fuel oil, adding fuel flexibility.

They are capable of running on a 15% hydrogen/natural gas blend in support of future technology advancements. The RICE engines offer fast start-up to rapidly address the influx of renewables and the changing generation needs of the electrical grid.


Preliminary Map

This preliminary and conceptual map shows the layout of the Standing Bear Lake Station site as of Nov. 2021. It outlines where the new natural gas generation peaking station and substation may be located. The existing cell phone tower should be removed by the end of 2021. It will be replaced with a temporary cell tower, and eventually moved to a permanent location on the M.U.D. property. The map also shows the area on the northwest triangle of the property will be used to support construction staging and laydown.

Additional Site Information

Community Meeting: North 120th & Military Road

OPPD The Wire: New facility names reflect history, geography of region

OPPD The Wire: OPPD presents details of new backup natural gas generation

OPPD The Wire: OPPD signs contract for two natural gas generation stations

RambleRidge Neighborhood Homeowners Association: Nov. 2021 Presentation

OPPD The Wire: Work progressing at natural gas sites

OPPD The Wire: OPPD seeks to extend current operations at North Omaha Station

OPPD The Wire: Video: Massive engines mark a Power with Purpose milestone

  • February 2023 Update

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    Construction progresses during the winter months with erection of the engine hall in the power block area and with erection of vertical bus supports in the substation area at Standing Bear Lake Station.

    The large temporary tent structure at the north of the site has been removed following assembly of the nine Wärtsilä engines. The associated generators have also been received. All three Generator Step-up Transformers (GSU) have been transported to the Standing Bear Lake Station site and are on their foundations.


    Facing South – Substation and Generation Construction Progress

  • December 2022 Update

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    Beginning Friday, Dec. 9, the first of three Generator Step-up Transformers (GSU) will be transported to the Standing Bear Lake Station site. The GSU transformer will step-up the generator output to a higher voltage to be put on the transmission network. The other two GSUs will be transported later this month.

    If members of the public come across this move, we ask that they refrain from approaching employees, contractors or vehicles and stay far back from the work taking place so that we can complete it safely.

  • November 2022 Update

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    Activity continues at the north end of the site near the entrance off Military Road where a large, temporary structure has been erected. OPPD’s vendor will be assembling equipment within that structure over the next few months.

    Transmission line work in the vicinity will be starting soon to help connect the new Standing Bear Lake Station and associated substation to the grid.


  • September 2022 Update

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    Beginning Sept. 6 and over the next couple of weeks, OPPD will be working with contractors to transport nine Wärtsilä reciprocating internal combustion engines to the Standing Bear Lake Station, near 114th & Military Rd. One engine will be moved at a time, with activity occurring later in the evening and going into the overnight hours.

    Specialized large equipment movers will be utilized for this effort. Loaded on a trailer, the equipment measures approximately 248’ long by 14’ wide and 19’ tall. The trailer and engine combined will weigh in at 796,000 pounds. These engines were shipped from Italy and then shipped by rail to Nebraska.

    Such a massive move will require some road closures for a brief period of time overnight as the equipment travels along its journey. OPPD and the large equipment movers have coordinated with city, county and state officials, as well as members of law enforcement, to ensure the safety of the public and workers along the route.

    While such a big move will certainly pique interest, we ask that the public refrain from approaching employees, contractors or vehicles. Please stay a safe distance back, off of streets, so we can complete this important work. Obey all traffic signs and law enforcement officers, who will be stationed at various locations to assist in this process.

    Learn more and see video of the move here.

  • Summer 2022 Update

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    OPPD's vendor, Zachry Group, continues to prepare laydown and storage areas for equipment, materials, and supplies in anticipation of approaching construction work.

    A new entrance to the construction area is being placed east of the current entrance off Military Road.

    Preliminary grading is winding down and foundation work has begun in preparation for the new facility.

    This summer, construction activities will include work on gas and transmission infrastructure, although major equipment isn’t expected to arrive until late summer or early fall.


  • April 2022 Update

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    Grading is nearly complete where the new facility and substation will be located. M.U.D. has also begun installing a portion of gas pipeline at the site ahead of construction.

    In mid- to late-April you will notice some additional activity on the northwest corner of the M.U.D. property, near the intersection of 120th and Military. OPPD’s vendor, Zachry, will be using this area for temporary offices, storage of equipment, materials and supplies. Entrances to this area will be off 120th Street, so you may see additional traffic entering and exiting the property at this location. After construction, the area will be restored to its original condition.

    Over the next couple months and into the summer, Zachry will begin work on the associated substation and will begin construction on the natural gas plant. In late summer to early fall, transmission lines will be constructed to connect the new plant and substation to the power grid.

Page last updated: 03 Feb 2023, 09:42 AM