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February 2012 Board Meeting Minutes


February 16, 2012

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Public Power District was held in the Board Room on the Atrium Level of Energy Plaza East on February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.

Present were Directors M. J. Cavanaugh, N. P. Dodge, J. K. Green, A. L. McGuire, L. Scheve, J. R. Thompson, D. D. Weber, and F. J. Ulrich. Also present were W. G. Gates, President and S. M. Bruckner and T. Meyerson, General Counsel for the District. Mr. Dodge, Board Chair, presided, and Ms. Emerson, Corporate Secretary, recorded the minutes. Other members of Management present were T. J. Burke, M. I. Doghman, E. E. Easterlin, J. T. Hansen, S. L. Hutcherson, J. A. Comstock, W. J. Lenagh, D. C. Mueller, D. J. Jacobberger, P. E. Lukowski, M. R. Jones, and T. G. Tamke. Others present included several customer owners.

The Corporate Secretary read the following:

“Notice of the time and place of this meeting was publicized by notifying the area news media; by publicizing the same in the Omaha World-Herald and Outlets; by displaying such notice on the Arcade Level of Energy Plaza since February 10, 2012; and by mailing such notice to each of the District’s Directors on that same date.

“A copy of the proposed agenda for this meeting has been maintained, on a current basis, and is readily available for public inspection in the office of the District’s Corporate Secretary

“Additionally, a copy of the Open Meetings Law is available for inspection in the public meeting book located in this meeting room.”

It was moved and seconded that the Board reviewed the December 2011 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Report and approval of the minutes and the excused absence of Director Weber for the last meeting be approved. The vote was recorded as follows: Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Scheve – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; Weber – Abstain; and Green – Yes. The motion carried.

Thereafter, the Corporate Secretary read the following:

“Persons wishing to address the Board on a particular item are asked to approach the microphone as that agenda item is discussed. Comments will be heard following Board discussion of the item and prior to a vote by the Board. Persons wishing to address the Board on all other matters will have an opportunity before the close of the meeting.”

The following resolutions were then read, and upon motion duly seconded, were placed on roll call. The vote on each resolution is indicated following the description of that resolution.

RESOLUTION NO. 5897 authorizes the award of a contract for transmission tubular steel poles. Committee Chairman Cavanaugh said that this contract is for the purchase of steel poles to build and rebuild 4.5 miles of transmission lines. The poles are part of the materials required to connect two existing transmission lines to new Substation 1366 at 27th & Platteview Road in Bellevue. The proposal also includes 60 transmission structures and four substation structures. Six proposals were received and one proposal was legally nonresponsive. An evaluation of the proposals was completed and the TransAmerican Power Products, Inc. bid was selected as the lowest and best evaluated bid. The Engineer’s Estimate is $1,600,000 and the total cost of the contract is $1,827,225. Following the discussion, the vote was recorded as follows: Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Scheve – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; Weber – Yes; and Green – Yes. The motion carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 5898 approves the Standing Committee Assignments for 2012. Chairman Dodge said that in accordance with Article III, Section I of the District’s Bylaws, the Chairman or Chairwoman of the Board will appoint two or more Directors to each Standing Committee established in the Bylaws. Following the discussion, the vote was recorded as follows: Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Scheve – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; Weber – Yes; and Green – Yes. The motion carried.

Copies of the foregoing resolutions are filed in the District’s Corporate Records file.

The next order of business was the Sustainability Update presentation. Chairman Dodge introduced Dean Mueller, division manager – Sustainable Energy Environmental Stewardship, Juli Comstock, division manager – Customer Service Operations, and Bill Lenagh, division manager – Customer Sales and Service to present the District’s progress of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Stewardship efforts including customer programs.

Dean began the presentation by reviewing the District’s on-line renewable energy projects and stated the Elk City, Valley, Flat Water, Ainsworth, Elkhorn Ridge, and Petersburg project represent 142MW of on line generation in 2011.

He reviewed 3 projects (Broken Bow I, Broken Bow II, and Crofton Hills) totaling 76 MW that are committed in 2012. By the end of 2012, 218 MW or 54% of the 2020 goal of 400 MW will be attained.

Dean reviewed other renewable projects including:
        Creighton University
        New Omaha Center

Dean stated that OPPD achieved the DOE Energy Star Leader designation in 2011 and talked about other OPPD facilities’ projects.

He also reviewed the Green Capacitors project with is to install capaictors on the OPPD’s distribution system to reduce peak demand.

Dean concluded his presentation by discussing the following Environmental Stewardship programs:
        OPPD Green Team
        Hybrids and Electric Vehicles
        Cleaning Products
        2011 Recycling
        Information Technology efforts

Juli Comstock briefed the group on 2011 Mass Market initiatives that include:
        Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling
        Heat Pump Program
        AC Management Program
        Home Energy Audits
        ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program
        Government Partnerships
                LB 1001/Weatherization program
                City of Omaha Partnerships
                School Based Education

Bill Lenagh concluded the presentation by briefing the group on Commercial and Industrial initiatives that include:
        Prescriptive Lighting Incentive Program
        ENERGY STAR for Commercial and Industrial Customers
        2011 Innovative Energy Efficiency (IEEP) Pilot
        Digi RTU Optimizer Pilot Program

Director Ulrich inquired if other landfills, such as the Sarpy County landfill, could be an additional methane gas renewable resource for OPPD. Vice President Burke indicated Sarpy County would have to install specific equipment in order for the process to work as it does at the Douglas County landfill, which would result in higher costs for the District.

Director McGuire asked Vice President Burke to explain the pending renewable energy legislation in the Nebraska Legislature. Mr. Burke said the legislation would allow additional flexibility for the utilities in the amount of allowable renewable energy as long as it does not exceed 10% of the public utility’s total generation.

Chairman Dodge asked about electric vehicles’ impact to OPPD and the nation’s grid system in the coming years. Mr. Mueller said the impact on the nation’s grid system is still being investigated with EPRI and other electric utilities.

Chairman Dodge thanked Dean, Juli, and Bill for their presentation. He also stated that he knows of no private company that is as diligent to see that people use less of their product, and added he is very proud of the district’s efforts in the four years since these programs have begun.

The next item of business was the opportunity for those in attendance to address the Board on any items of District concern.

Mr. John Pollack, 1412 N. 35 Street, Omaha, NE 68131, thanked the Board for the district’s green efforts over the past few years and briefed the Board on the country’s changing climate.

Mr. Laverne Threan of 4728 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132, discussed conflicting articles containing information related to the Fort Calhoun Station, which were addressed by President Gates.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.


T. J. Burke
Assistant Secretary

D. S. Emerson
Corporate Secretary


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