Columbus, Neb. – Representatives from Nebraska Public Power District will be in Norfolk and York, Feb. 18 and 19, respectively, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to review preliminary results of the District’s Integrated Resource Plan.
The Norfolk meeting will be held at Divots Conference Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave., Norfolk. The session in York will be held at the Holiday Inn, Highway 81/4169 S. Lincoln Ave., York.
The plan is a 20-year look ahead at what types of energy resources may be used to economically and reliably meet the electrical needs of the approximately 600,000 Nebraskans served by NPPD.
The public meetings in Norfolk and York are the third and fourth meetings in a series of four public IRP-related meetings that NPPD is holding across the state. Other meetings were in Gering on Feb. 5 and North Platte on Feb. 7.
Completed in five-year intervals, the IRP is an economic planning tool, helping NPPD to protect customers from cost volatility while maintaining reliable electric service.
The IRP identifies, under present and foreseeable conditions, the preferred mix of power generation resources (including renewable energy like wind power) and energy efficiency programs to meet forecasted energy needs of NPPD’s customers.
“The plan is a road map, not a destination,” said NPPD Resource Planning and Risk Manager Jim Fehr. “It is a guideline, a planning tool that will assist NPPD management and the Board of Directors in making decisions on the make-up of NPPD’s future energy resource mix.”
The public is asked to attend, at their convenience, at any time throughout the meeting. It should take about 15 minutes to go through the information NPPD is presenting; however, more time can be taken, if needed. Public comment is a welcome and important part of the IRP process.
For more information about NPPD, its energy efficiency programs, and to read the draft Integrated Resource Plan in its entirety, go to www.nppd.com/irp.