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News Releases : OPPD focused on continued investment in our communities

Omaha Public Power District is committed to investing in the communities it serves. Furthering that effort, today, the OPPD Board of Directors approved a labor contract for streetlight conversion work within its service territory to replace current technology with light emitting diode (LED) technology.

This is part of the district’s five-year plan, officially beginning next month, to replace nearly 100,000 existing high-pressure sodium fixtures within its service territory. To date, OPPD has converted approximately 400 burned out streetlights to LED. The district is utilizing a contractor alongside OPPD employees due to the volume and time frame of work taking place.

Superior Lighting, Inc, out of Omaha, was awarded a contract to convert up to 50,000 streetlights over five years. The initial contract term is one year, with the option of four additional one-year contract renewal terms. The total contract value over the five years is nearly $2.4 million.

Read more about OPPD’s LED streetlight conversion efforts on The Wire.

Energy Management System

At today’s board meeting, directors also gave OPPD approval to negotiate and enter into a contract for replacement of the district’s Energy Management System (EMS). EMS is a computer-based, real-time process control system to monitor, control, and operate OPPD’s generation, transmission and distribution facilities.

It will take approximately two years to go through the process of establishing a new system, from vendor selection and awarding a contract, and then to stage the system, test it, and finally switch over.

Bylaw changes & standing committee assignments

The board voted to approve revisions to the district’s bylaws. These revisions include combining the nuclear oversight committee with the system management committee. As Fort Calhoun Station undergoes decommissioning, these areas largely overlap. Therefore, combining them will help streamline the committee process.

There are now four committees, with corresponding board membership as follows:

  1. Governance
    Mike Cavanaugh, Chair
    Tim Gay
    Anne McGuire
    Craig Moody

  2. Finance
    Tim Gay, Chair
    Amanda Bogner
    Anne McGuire
    Janece Mollhoff

  3. Public Information
    Craig Moody, Chair
    Mike Cavanaugh
    Eric Williams
    Rick Yoder

  4. System Management and Nuclear Oversight
    Rick Yoder, Chair
    Amanda Bogner
    Janece Mollhoff
    Eric Williams

Other board action

In other action, directors:

  • Approved the December 2018 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Reports, the Jan. 17, 2019, board meeting minutes, and the Feb. 14, 2019, agenda.
  • Authorized changing the date of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors from June 13, 2019 to June 20, 2019. The full meeting schedule can be accessed at oppd.com/boardmeeting.
  • Accepted the annual monitoring report for Strategic Directive 1 (SD-1), relating to strategic foundation. Acceptance means the board finds the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the policy.
  • Received the president’s monthly utility report. You can view this 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 12. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, March 14, 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.