December 2003 - The Board of Directors of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) gave its approval for the construction of a 30-MW wind farm in central Nebraska near the South Dakota border. The project could be expanded to 75 MW if NPPD is able to sell a portion of the output to other utilities. NPPD is currently in negotiations to sell 10 MW to the Omaha Public Power District and 10 MW in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Jacksonville Electric Authority in Jacksonville, Florida. It also plans to market an additional 25 MW to other public power entities.
News Release - NPPD Board Approves State's Largest Wind Farm - No longer online at nppd.com
October 2003 - A recent poll sponsored by the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) found that 96% of electricity customers supported future investment in a 200-MW wind farm, even if it would add to the cost of electric bills. When asked about biomass power resources, 81% responded that NPPD should pursue adding 5 MW of animal waste methane projects to its generation mix. The vast majority of the survey participants (94%) responded that the cost of building future renewable energy projects should be spread among all of the utility's customers. A slight majority (53%) felt that support for additional renewables should be provided through voluntary green power marketing programs.
The polling process involved a telephone survey of approximately 1,350 customers and a deliberative poll—a survey technique designed to gauge informed public opinion—of about 110 electricity customers from mostly rural communities. The deliberative poll participants were surveyed before and after a one-day educational session on energy alternatives.
News Release - NPPD's Deliberative Polling Process Successful, Informative - No longer online at nppd.com
News Release - Customers Comment, NPPD Listens - No longer online at nppd.com
Summary Report - NPPD Customer Meeting on Energy Alternatives: Summary of Results - No longer online at nppd.com
NPPD Contacts: Jon Trabert (402) 563-5044, Frank Thompson (402) 563-5696
January 2003 - According to a January 11 article in the Omaha World-Herald, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is considering the development of a wind farm ranging in size from 5 to 50 megawatts (MW). As part of the project decision, NPPD is exploring the market for "green tags" or renewable energy certificates that it would offer for sale to other utilities. Currently, NPPD operates 2 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 1.5 MW located near Springview, Nebraska.
News Article - NPPD Explores Wind Power Costs - No longer online at omaha.com
NPPD Contact: Doug Mollet (877) 275-6773
February 1999 - The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) announced that it will offer its customers a voluntary program through which they can contribute to a utility-managed fund for new renewables development. Participation in the program will require a minimum contribution of $6.00 per month and business participation will be encouraged. Based on participation rates in similar "green" energy programs in the Midwest, NPPD projects that as many as 11,500 Nebraskans may choose to participate in its "Prairie Power" program.
News Release - NPPD's new Prairie Power program provides new options for generating "green" energy - No longer online at NPPD.com
NPPD Contact: Larry Liss (402) 563-5433