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News Releases : OPPD board receives community solar update

Omaha Public Power District’s plans for community solar are moving forward. During their monthly meeting, today, the OPPD Board of Directors received an update on the project.

The district awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility near the City of Fort Calhoun.

When the community solar program has been finalized, OPPD customers will have an opportunity to purchase shares of the solar energy produced. The utility will be developing the marketing of these solar shares in the next few months, and we will include stakeholder outreach as part of this process.

OPPD received 105 community solar proposals from 10 developers. The district narrowed those down to 33 proposals from seven developers, making the short list for this project. The proposal from NextEra Energy Resources stood out due to the company’s experience, reputation, flexibility, and environmental sensitivity.

“We’re pleased to have been selected by OPPD for this important project,” said Matt Handel, vice president of Development for NextEra Energy Resources. “We look forward to working with OPPD to bring the benefits of clean, renewable solar power to its customers.”

The facility will be built east of the City of Fort Calhoun, in Washington County, and will encompass approximately 35 acres. Per contract terms, the facility will go into operation by June 30, 2019.

“Fort Calhoun is excited to be a part of the first OPPD community solar project,” said Fort Calhoun Mayor Mitch Robinson. “We feel this is the start of a great partnership with OPPD and NextEra, to bring more green energy to the community and the surrounding area.”

Directors also approved annual compensation adjustments for OPPD’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as for three corporate officers, following their annual performance reviews. The reviews were conducted in closed-session during Tuesday’s committee meetings. Following market industry analysis, salary adjustments include:

  • Timothy J. Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer: Increase of 3.5%, bringing his salary to $541,979
  • Juli A. Comstock, Vice President-Customer Service: Increase of 4.5%, bringing her salary to $310,825
  • Javier Fernandez, Vice President-Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer: Increase of 4.5%, bringing his salary to $334,400
  • Lisa Olson, Vice President-Public Affairs: Increase of 4%, bringing her salary to $334,214

In other action, directors:

  • Approved the April 2018 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Reports, the May 17, 2018 board meeting  minutes, and the June 7, 2018 board agenda.
  • Authorized OPPD to negotiate a contract for the supply and installation of fly ash recycle and flue gas recirculation systems, to improve emissions reductions, at Nebraska City Station Unit 2.
  • Accepted the annual monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-15, relating to enterprise risk management. The board evaluates all monitoring reports on an ongoing basis. Acceptance means the board finds the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the goals previously set forth for the utility. In support of the policy, in closed session, the Board conducted its quarterly review of the District’s most significant risks.
  • Approved ability to exercise a multi-year contract option with Hyundai Power Transformers USA to procure additional 345-kilovolt (kV) to 161-kV autotransformers, as set forth in the Request for Proposal.
  • 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, July 10. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, July 12, at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at OPPD’s Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha. The meetings also are livestreamed at oppd.com.