Renewable Energy Discussion
On April 16, 2019, Stanton County PPD hosted two informational meetings covering the broad topic of renewable energy. The purpose of these meetings was to help educate the customer base of SCPPD and also help
inform landowners when considering land solicitations from renewable project developers. The purpose was not to persuade or debate the renewable energy industry.
At the meetings, I covered the different types of renewable projects
that have been developed across the state of Nebraska. These included large utility scale projects, PURPA qualified facilities, community solar projects
and net metered projects.
Dave Rich, from Nebraska Public Power District, also shared some information. He covered NPPD’s generation mix and the transmission system that is used to serve the customers. He also discussed
the current renewable projects in Nebraska. Dave also addressed the development process for a large scale renewable project and the status of tax credits. He then closed with information that land owners may want to consider prior to signing up land with developers. (See the checklist.)
Dave and I were available after the meeting for questions. There were several good questions and the discussion was hopefully informational for everyone that attended. I was interested in the comments that we heard from all of you that attended. This feedback is helpful for me and the Board of Directors as we make decisions moving forward.
I want to again share that SCPPD is not involved with any renewable project at this time. At this point in time, we feel renewable energy does not provide substantial benefit to the majority of our customer base. We are here to provide safe, reliable energy to our customers at an affordable price.
Annual Pole Testing has begun
Stanton County Public Power District has S&L Pole Testing in the area for our annual testing. This testing began in late May and continues into June, and possibly July this year.
They will resume testing from where they left off last year, in eastern Kingsburg Precinct, Pilger Precinct (south of the Elkhorn River) and Stanton Precinct. The crews may need to be on your property in order to inspect the poles. Their trucks will be plainly marked and crew members will wear reflective vests. We appreciate your accommodation of these crews during this time.
NEW AMI PROJECT CONTINUES
The new AMI system deployment is fully under way with 5 collector’s and 100 routers throughout the SCPPD service area installed to date, this is the backbone of the system to carry data. Meter deployment has begun with a large number of meters in the City of Stanton for testing then the remainder of the districts 2,700 meters in our rural area and Village of Pilger will follow. Customers will see district employees at every service changing meters plus gathering and updating all customer service information which will make outage calls more efficient. This meter exchange will cause a brief outage to your service as one meter is removed and the new one is installed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the SCPPD office.
Irrigation Season is here! Please be aware of overhead power lines and the location of your irrigation pivots. SCPPD wants all customer to
Look up and Look out for Power Lines!