OPPD's Dramatic Change for Clean Energy
On June 19 the OPPD Board unanimously adopted a plan that maintains a level of clean renewable energy power equal to at least one third of its generated electricity for 20 years. And they announced that they will close the coal-fired plant at North Omaha in stages. And then OPPD has committed to enough efficiency/DSM programs (300 megawatts worth) to replace roughly...Read More
Stop Greenhouse Pollution at Power Plants!
A Stanford University review of polls that measure Americans’ opinions about global warming reveals that big majorities want action and that the desire to cut greenhouse gas pollution from power plants is widespread across the USA, including in Nebraska. The USAToday coverage includes revealing graphics like the map that accompanies this post. Note two things....Read More
Rural Nebraskans Want Action
The UNL Nebraska Rural Poll reports that Nebraskans know that global warming is happening (73%), that people cause it (54%), and that something should be done sooner rather than later (60%). 50% think action should be immediate. Surprised? Why? Why are so many people surprised at these results? Is it the loud voices that insist on ignoring reality? Is it that...Read More
Nebraska Utilities at a Crossroads
Nebraska electric utilities face important decisions in the coming months and years that will impact Nebraska’s air and water quality, jobs, and electric rates for decades to come. The issue: do we continue to burn coal that generates electricity but also spews sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, particulates, ozone, carbon dioxide, mercury, arsenic and other pollutants...Read More
Nebraska businesses and individuals spent over $2 billion for electricity in 2009, according to the Nebraska Energy Office. In 2009, Nebraska utilities and industries spent $338 million on coal – twice what was spent in 2005, and three times what was spent just ten years earlier (Nebraska Energy Office).Read more
Nebraskans are ready to embrace renewables in a big way. And from solar to wind to bio-fuels to small hydropower to co-generation and on and on, renewable energy is ready.
In fact, “Big Wind” power is offered at prices for between 2 cents and 4 cents or even lessRead more
The least expensive electricity is the power you never use!
The least expensive electric generating plant is the power station you never build!
We are talking about “energy efficiency,” and “demand-side management” which are different aspects of addressing the goal of building only as much electric generation capacity as is really necessary. Not justRead more