November 2001 - The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) has announced plans to offer a green pricing option to its nearly 290,000 residential and commercial customers beginning in December. Customers will be given the opportunity to purchase power generated from wind and landfill gas resources for an extra 3¢/kWh. Residential customers can participate at one of four set levels, ranging from 150 kWh to 1000 kWh per month, while commercial customers can obtain 25%, 50%, or 100% of their power needs through the program. OPPD will purchase power from a new 660-kW wind turbine and a 3.2-MW landfill gas plant to supply the program. Both projects are expected to be operational in early 2002. Customers must agree to participate in the program for a minimum of one year.
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OPPD Contact: Tony Walde (402) 636-2239
September 2000 - The board of the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) unanimously voted to enter into negotiations for the construction of a new landfill gas facility to supply a green pricing program. Although program details have not been developed, OPPD plans to charge participating customers a "slightly higher rate" for the green power. Assuming that an agreement is reached with the landfill owner, Waste Management Inc., the 6.4-MW facility could be operational as early as January 2002. OPPD serves more than 280,000 customers in southeast Nebraska.