Standing Bear Lake Station

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Artist's rendering of Standing Bear Lake Station from the southwest.

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 will be used as a peaking station, which means 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)

RICE at Elk City Station

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.

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

Artist's rendering of Standing Bear Lake Station from the southwest.

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 will be used as a peaking station, which means 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)

RICE at Elk City Station

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.

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

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