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.