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News Releases : OPPD’s board seeks customers’ input to strategic directives
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Omaha Public Power District’s Board of Directors is seeking input on updates to its strategic directives, which were created in 2015 and most recently reviewed at its July 24 Board Workshop.

Specifically, the board is currently updating Board Policy: Strategic Directive-2 (SD-2), relating to competitive rates and Board Policy: Strategic Directive-5 (SD-5), relating to customer service.

These policies, two of 15 in total, were adopted in 2015 as part of the board’s Governance Initiative. They are designed to help the Board: 1) sharpen its focus on critical issues, 2) clarify the relationship between the Board and management, 3) optimize decision-making, and 4) deliver organizational results aligned with agreed-upon strategic performance objectives and risk levels.

The public is invited to offer input on the proposed policies through OPPD.com where the policies are posted with a link to a feedback form. After reviewing that feedback, the board expects to vote on updates at November’s board meeting as part of OPPD’s ongoing review process.

The board also approved the appointment of Mary Fisher to vice president, Energy Production & Nuclear Decommissioning, effective Dec. 1, 2017, with a salary of $297,612. Fisher will assume energy production responsibilities from Jon Hansen, vice president, Energy Production & Marketing upon his retirement later this year. Fisher will continue to have oversight over all nuclear decommissioning efforts. Additionally, to align all OPPD planning functions, CFO and vice president Javier Fernandez will assume energy marketing responsibilities upon Hansen’s retirement.

Fisher joined OPPD in June 2015 as division manager, Corporate Planning & Analysis. She led integrated resource planning as well as load and financial forecasting functions, and later transitioned to the role of senior director, Fort Calhoun Decommissioning.

Prior to OPPD, Fisher’s career includes 20 years of experience with Xcel Energy, where she performed a broad range of roles in business development, strategic technologies, operations and planning and nuclear decommissioning.

At their monthly meeting, today, directors accepted the monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-12, relating to information management and security. 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.

In other action, directors:

  • Awarded a contract to Timberline Construction, Inc. for the construction of transmission facilities associated with the Elkhorn River Valley Transmission Project in the amount of $4,312,463. 
  • Approved a revised accounting treatment for supplemental pension and Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB), in response to new standards introduced by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Appointed Mick Mines to Board Treasurer, a role previously held by the late Rich Hurley.
  • Reviewed a presentation on OPPD’s role as a Transmission Operator for Grand Island and Hastings.
  • Received its monthly President’s report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.

Next month’s board committee meetings are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 14. The monthly board meeting will be held Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha.

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.