With the addition of a new wind facility, the Omaha Public Power District announced it is projected to provide approximately 40 percent of its generation from renewable energy sources when the facility comes online, currently scheduled for late 2019. OPPD President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Burke talked about the plans at the district’s Board of Directors meeting today.
A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will build the 160-megawatt Sholes wind facility in Wayne County, Nebraska. Construction is slated to begin in March 2019, and it is expected to be operational by December 2019. OPPD will purchase 100 percent of the facility’s wind energy as part of a 20-year agreement.
The latest wind energy agreement aligns with the district’s Integrated Resource Plan, and demonstrates OPPD’s continued commitment to Board Policy: Strategic Directive (SD)-9 and Board Policy: Strategic Directive (SD)-7, relating to resource planning and environmental stewardship, respectively. Burke said OPPD will continue to pursue more renewables in the future, as well, at the pace of value for the district’s customer-owners.
At today’s monthly meeting, directors also accepted the monitoring reports for SD-7, as well as SD-9. The board evaluates all monitoring reports on an ongoing basis. Acceptance means they find the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the goals previously set forth for the utility.
Directors also approved corporate officers’ compensation adjustments. This action, following closed-session performance reviews following this morning’s committee meeting, brings corporate officers’ annual reviews in line with the time frame for employee reviews across the rest of the company. In the past, corporate officers’ annual reviews were staggered according to individual anniversary date. Adjusting the timing of corporate officers’ reviews brings more consistency and efficiency to OPPD’s overall employee review process. The adjustments were approved, as follows:
- Kate W. Brown, Vice President-Business Technology & Building Services (increase of 3%, bringing salary to $298,700)
- Juli A. Comstock, Vice President-Customer Service (increase of 4%, bringing salary to $297,440)
- Mohamed I. Doghman, Vice President-Energy Delivery (increase of 3%, bringing salary to $395,274)
- Jon T. Hansen, Vice President-Energy Production & Marketing (increase of 3%, bringing salary to $393,573)
- Lisa Olson, Vice President-Public Affairs (increase of 3%, bringing salary to $321,360)
- Martha L. Sedky, Vice President-Human Capital (increase of 4.5%, bringing salary to $287,375)
In other action, directors:
- Approved the Annual Health Plan Report.
- Received the president’s monthly utility report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.
Next month’s board committee meetings will start at 10 a.m., August 17. The monthly board meeting will be held the same day at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha.
In addition, the meetings will continue to be streamed live at oppd.com, in the district’s ongoing efforts to remain transparent, as well as making its public meetings accessible and convenient for our customer-owners.