Please read the following press release from Nebraska Electric G&T and then complete a survey to let NPPD know your opinion of our energy future.
COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA – With the forced rolling blackouts from February 2021 still fresh in the minds of Nebraskans, the public is being encouraged to voice their support for an energy future built on a foundation of reliability and affordability. The Nebraska Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative (NEGT), whose 20 utility members provide power to approximately 150,000 consumers in rural Nebraska, wants Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to hear from the public at town hall meetings beginning next week.
Darin Bloomquist, NEGT general manager, said, “NPPD’s current diverse power generation mix of nuclear, hydro, wind, coal, solar, and natural gas is approximately 64% carbon-free which is already an enviable percentage among American utilities. But most importantly for consumers this diverse mix helps ensure electricity is there when you need it and at an affordable cost. Nebraskans who believe reliability and affordability must remain the foundation of NPPD’s mission need to deliver that message to NPPD. These town halls are a way for the public to be heard.”
NPPD’s five public forums are scheduled from 6:00-9:00pm local time:
- Norfolk – Wednesday, August 11 – Northeast CC, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue
- Seward – Thursday, August 12 – Concordia University, Janzow Campus Center, 800 N. Columbia Avenue
- North Platte – Monday, August 16 – Mid-Plains CC, North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive
- Scottsbluff – Tuesday, August 17 – Western Nebraska CC, Harms Center Plex, 1601 East 27th Street
- Kearney – Wednesday, August 18 – Holiday Inn, 110 Second Avenue
“Solar and wind are not proven to meet the low cost and reliability standards required for Nebraska industry or demanded by Nebraska consumers,” said Bloomquist. “Nebraska’s climate requires 24/7 power for livestock and irrigation, for example, which is best served by generation sources such as nuclear, coal, natural gas and hydro. We can’t ignore the reality that Nebraska is an ag-based economy.”
Intermittent resources (solar and wind) and battery technologies are simply not reliable or cost effective enough to power Nebraska. The current mix of generation is the best reliable and affordable source of power generation for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, with technology such as carbon capture and carbon sequestration continuing to improve, we are seeing a lower carbon footprint every year.
Bloomquist continued, “The California ‘model’ and subsequent blackouts clearly show that closing fossil-fuel plants and mandating unreliable electric generation will result in a third-world grid with frequent blackouts.”