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News Releases : OPPD Board hears proposal for community solar rate
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As part of Omaha Public Power District’s ongoing conversations with stakeholders about generation resources, including solar energy, OPPD formed a community solar project team last year. The team presented a rate rider proposal to the OPPD Board of Directors during their committee meetings this week.

OPPD customers have shown an increased interest in solar power, specifically a larger scale, utility-run community solar program. Community solar programs can offer a maintenance-free, low-risk benefit to customers who are interested in increasing their use of renewable energy.

The public can visit OPPDListens.com to learn more about the district’s community solar stakeholder engagement efforts and the proposed rate. OPPD customers are encouraged to provide feedback on that website for consideration at the March board meeting.

Strategic directives

At its monthly meeting today, the board accepted the monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-1, relating to strategic foundation. The board evaluates all board policies annually. SD-1 outlines OPPD’s mission – to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customer-owners, as well as the district’s vision – “Leading the Way We Power the Future.”

In implementing this vision, SD-1 calls for OPPD to adhere to the following principles.

  • Strengthen the public power advantage of affordable and reliable electricity
  • Exemplify fiscal, social and environmental responsibility to optimize value to our customer-owners
  • Proactively engage and communicate with our stakeholders
  • Act transparently and with accountability for the best interest of our customer-owners
  • Collaborate, when appropriate, with partners
  • Leverage OPPD’s leadership to achieve these goals

The board also approved revisions to Board Policy: Strategic Directive-13, relating to stakeholder outreach and engagement. Directors considered input they received from stakeholders this past month, prior to approving changes as part of an annual review process. The adjustments aim to simplify policy language and increase public engagement.

In addition, directors accepted the monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-3, relating to access to credit markets.

Other board matters

In addition, the board approved a compensation adjustment for Mo Doghman, vice president-Energy Delivery. He received an increase of 2.5-percent, bringing his annual salary to $405,156. This action followed a closed-session performance review after Tuesday’s committee meetings.

Directors also approved the following standing committee assignments: Governance – Tim Gay (chair), Mike Cavanaugh, and Anne McGuire; Finance, Insurance & Audit – Mick Mines (chair), Craig Moody, and Mark Treinen; Nuclear Oversight – Tom Barrett (chair), Mick Mines, and Rick Yoder; Public Information – Anne McGuire (chair), Tim Gay, and Craig Moody; System Management – Rick Yoder (chair), Tom Barrett, and Mark Treinen.

In other actions, directors:

  • Approved the January 11, 2018 board meeting minutes, and February 15, 2018 agenda.
  • Awarded a contract to Boiler Tube Company of America, in the amount of $1,040,000, to supply material for the replacement of furnace lower slope tubing for the Nebraska City Unit 1 boiler. The current original tubing was installed in 1979, and it was determined that replacement is necessary to maintain unit reliability.
  • Awarded a contract to Watts Electric Company, in the amount of $852,808.56, for several small transmission projects this spring. Watts will provide construction material and labor services to relocate portions of two transmission lines and rebuild one transmission line to support Boys Town development, West Omaha road widening projects, and Southwest Power Pool reliability.
  • Awarded a contract to Harold K. Scholz Company, in the amount of $574,000, for 15-kilovolt outdoor metaclad switchgear to support an Omaha substation project.
  • Received the president’s monthly utility report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.

Next meetings

Next month’s board committee meetings will start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, March 15, at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at OPPD’s Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha.

The meetings are livestreamed at oppd.com as part of the district’s commitment to transparency, while making public meetings accessible and convenient for our customer-owners.