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News Releases : EV research strategy presented to OPPD board
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OPPD has been studying electric vehicles (EVs) to better understand how they may integrate into OPPD’s system as adoption increases. In recent years, the utility has incorporated nearly 50 EVs and hybrids into its vehicle fleet, along with several EV chargers, and continuously evaluates their performance on a number of levels.

During this week’s committee meetings for the OPPD Board of Directors, the Integrated Energy Marketplace team presented its latest EV research, including plans to announce a pilot next month. The pilot, as part of the district’s EV Strategy and Process Initiative, will include EV education for customers. It will also connect customers to financial incentives available for the purchase of certain EVs, as well as certain EV chargers, among other areas.

Read more on OPPD’s The Wire.

Competitive rates
Directors also heard a presentation on the utility’s monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-2 (SD-2), relating to rates. The directive established a target of no general rate increases over a five-year period from the beginning of 2017 through the end of 2021. It also set a directional rate target of 20 percent below the West North Central Regional average published rates on a system-average basis.

OPPD’s rates are 7.1 percent below the regional average as of 2016 (Energy Information Administration data lags two years). Directors stated the district is moving in the right direction.

During its monthly meeting today, the board accepted the SD-2 monitoring report. The board evaluates all board policies on an annual basis. Acceptance means they find the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the goals previously set forth for the utility.

Contracts awarded
In their meeting today, directors awarded a $5.9 million contract to Hyundai Power Transformers USA to procure two 345-161 kilovolt autotransformers for the district. One of them will replace an aging and critical autotransformer that is near the end of its service life. The other will be used as a spare. The purchases are necessary to help OPPD maintain transmission grid resiliency and reliability.

The board also awarded a $1.64 million contract to IBIDEN CERAM Environmental, Inc. to replace a catalyst layer within the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system at Nebraska City Station Unit 2.

One catalyst layer of each unit’s SCR should be replaced every two years to stay under nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits, as part of the plant’s ongoing Catalyst Management Plan. This work includes the installation of the catalyst modules, seals and cover screens, and it will be performed during a scheduled maintenance outage in April 2019.               

In other action today, directors:

  • Approved the March 2018 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Reports, the April 12, 2018, board meeting minutes, and the May 17, 2018, agenda.
  • Accepted the monitoring reports for Governance Policies 1-4, relating to the purpose of the board, governance focus, board job description, agenda planning, and election of board officers, respectively, and Board-Staff Linkage Policies 1-5, clarifying the board’s relationship with the president and chief executive officer, OPPD officers, outside general counsel, internal auditor, and corporate secretary, as well as the unity of control (board acting as one body), respectively.
  • 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, June 5. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, June 7, at 4 p.m. These dates fall earlier in the month than usual.

Both meetings will take place at OPPD’s Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha. The meetings also are livestreamed at oppd.com.