Standing Bear Lake Station

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Aerial View of Standing Bear Lake Station - March 2024 (facing southeast)


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



OPPD's Power with Purpose project identified the need for up to 600MW of utility-scale solar and 600MW of balancing natural gas generation to support growing customer demands. The combined solution of utility-scale solar and natural gas continues to support our mission of providing affordable, reliable, environmentally sensitive energy services. While OPPD considers all three parts of our mission equally, new utility-scale solar and balancing natural gas power generation are now must-haves to support continued reliability.

In 2023, the OPPD Board of Directors voted to approve the utility’s recommended near term generation resource plan to address unprecedented growth in energy demand. With this new plan, OPPD remains committed to its Power with Purpose generation expansion projects, which includes Turtle Creek Station (450 MW), Standing Bear Lake Station (150 MW), and Platteview Solar (81 MW).

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. The plant will run only as needed (estimated at less than 15% of the time) and will be available to support planned (maintenance) and unplanned (storms) outages, as well as be available to support regional power needs as directed by the Southwest Power Pool. Adding natural gas generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and support resiliency. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even in an unpredictable future.

Adding natural gas generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and support resiliency. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major storm 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.

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.

The engines are capable of running on a 15% hydrogen/natural gas blend in support of future technology advancements. 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 November 2021. The map outlines where the new natural gas generation peaking station and substation may be located. The existing cell phone tower has been removed and a new permanent cell tower will be placed 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 through the project duration only.

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

OPPD The Wire: Two natural gas generating plants set to come online this summer


Aerial View of Standing Bear Lake Station - March 2024 (facing southeast)


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



OPPD's Power with Purpose project identified the need for up to 600MW of utility-scale solar and 600MW of balancing natural gas generation to support growing customer demands. The combined solution of utility-scale solar and natural gas continues to support our mission of providing affordable, reliable, environmentally sensitive energy services. While OPPD considers all three parts of our mission equally, new utility-scale solar and balancing natural gas power generation are now must-haves to support continued reliability.

In 2023, the OPPD Board of Directors voted to approve the utility’s recommended near term generation resource plan to address unprecedented growth in energy demand. With this new plan, OPPD remains committed to its Power with Purpose generation expansion projects, which includes Turtle Creek Station (450 MW), Standing Bear Lake Station (150 MW), and Platteview Solar (81 MW).

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. The plant will run only as needed (estimated at less than 15% of the time) and will be available to support planned (maintenance) and unplanned (storms) outages, as well as be available to support regional power needs as directed by the Southwest Power Pool. Adding natural gas generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and support resiliency. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even in an unpredictable future.

Adding natural gas generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and support resiliency. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major storm 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.

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.

The engines are capable of running on a 15% hydrogen/natural gas blend in support of future technology advancements. 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 November 2021. The map outlines where the new natural gas generation peaking station and substation may be located. The existing cell phone tower has been removed and a new permanent cell tower will be placed 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 through the project duration only.

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

OPPD The Wire: Two natural gas generating plants set to come online this summer

  • June 2024 Update

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    Update: This work is complete. Metropolitan Utilities District crews are scheduled Wednesday, June 12, to simultaneously conduct purging of gas near 117th & Fort St. and 117th & Military Rd. This work is being done in coordination with Omaha Public Power District’s Standing Bear Lake Station. Purging is part of the process that involves venting air from a pipeline and replacing it with natural gas. The purging is expected to run during the morning.

    During this time, those living or working near the purge area may notice loud noises and dust. Additionally, you may notice a strong smell of gas in the area. For easy detection, a chemical (mercaptan) is added to give gas a distinctive odor like a skunk or rotten eggs. The gas odor may persist depending on wind or other environmental conditions. If you smell gas, leave the building or area, and then call 402.554.7777 or 911.

    M.U.D. responds to all notifications of natural gas odors. M.U.D. will check suspected gas leaks at no charge. For more natural gas safety information, visit https://www.mudomaha.com/news/natural-gas-safety/.

  • March 2024 Update

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    With site progress at about 90%, construction activities are ramping up ahead of commissioning as the generation facility is scheduled to go online later this year. As the crews work diligently to meet this deadline, limited shifts will continue into the night at times as we approach operation. Night shifts are expected to have smaller crews and will adhere to all permits and ordinances necessary.

  • January 2024 Update

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    Standing Bear Lake Station Aerial View January 2024 (facing east)

    Standing Bear Lake’s substation was completed and energized in December, and transmission work for the plant is complete.

    This month, Wärtsilä, the manufacturer of Standing Bear Lake Station’s reciprocating internal combustion engines, continues the second phase of engine assembly. The focus at Standing Bear Lake in the coming months is finishing major electrical work in the site’s engine hall, five power distribution centers and supporting facilities.

    The lighting and paving work is also underway, along with beautification and other cosmetic work. Also coming in 2024 will be site landscaping work.

    Standing Bear Lake Station is set to come online this summer, for more highlights of recent progress, please see this story in The Wire.

  • August 2023 Update

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    There will be an uptick in transmission construction activity near Standing Bear Lake Station through September.

    Towards the end of August and into September, OPPD’s partner contractor, Brink Constructors, will be accessing the M.U.D. campus with various trucks and tractor trailers by way of Hartman Avenue and Rambleridge Road to deliver poles and other structure materials to the site.

    Additional activity will be seen along Military Road and on M.U.D.’s campus as Brink Constructors begins erecting the transmission lines that will connect the new Standing Bear Lake Station to the electric grid. While there will be increased truck traffic, and the occasional, short duration lane blockage, the bulk of the construction will happen off the roadway and should not negatively impact traffic in the area.

    Also near Military Road, portions of the site’s north entrance off Military Road will be paved. Increased truck traffic and construction workers may be present for this construction during the last week of August through mid-September.

    Please use precaution while activities are in progress on Military Road. As always, please do not follow trucks in to work zones and make sure you look out for any traffic signage in the area.

  • July 2023 Update

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    Above ground construction at Standing Bear Lake Station is well underway. All Wartsila engines and generators have been moved into the Engine Hall. The exhaust ducts and stacks are being constructed and installed. Additionally, the substation is nearing the final stages of construction.

    Facing South, Aerial View, June 2023

  • May 2023 Update

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    A lot of construction progress has been happening on site the last few months as seen in this aerial photo.

    In mid-May, the nine Wartsila engines and generators (seen in blue) will be moved to the new engine hall.

    Foundations for the transmission lines have been set along Military Road. Transmission work will be completed this fall in coordination with the energization of the substation onsite.

    Facing South – Substation and Generation Construction Progress as of April 2023

  • 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 Street and Military Road. 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.

Page last updated: 12 Jun 2024, 03:29 PM