Power Summit. This year’s event featured various presentations from electric energy industry
peers and the agency that oversees monitoring and permitting. Topics ranged from trends in the
electric industry to solar power projects. The summit provides an opportunity for individuals
involved in electric power production in Nebraska and those who regulate that activity to discuss
current and evolving issues.
General Manager of Custer Public Power District Rick Nelson; Vice President of Lincoln Electric
System Jason Fortik; Vice President of NPPD Government Affairs and General Counsel John
McClure; and NDEQ Director Jim Macy.
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Top i ca l Presentat i ons
At each Par tnersh i p meet i ng , a spec i f i c top i c of mutua l i nterest i s
exami ned i n deta i l .
Subject matter experts present the programs, which cover a broad range of topics, including (but not
limited to): Clean Power Plan, groundwater quality in Nebraska, Clean Water Act 316(b), Coal Combustion
Residual Rule, NPPD’s Monolith Project, energy conservation at publicly owned treatment works, general
energy conservation updates, and the Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership carbon capture, utilization
and storage demonstration activities.
Through topical presentations and discussions, NPPD and NDEQ staff members have developed a better
understanding of the other’s perspective on issues of common interest.
In addition, this regularly occurring activity has enhanced the relationships of Partnership members with
those presenting the information of interest.
NPPD hosted at the Columbus General Office an NDEQ training session for local permittees on electronic
In 2015, NPPD announced plans to generate electricity using hydrogen instead of coal at one of the
District’s Sheldon Station units near Hallam, Neb. NPPD will engineer a first-of-a kind utility-scale boiler
which, once installed and operational (estimated to be by 2020), will give NPPD even more emissions-free
generation than the District has today.
This past fall, led by Gov. Pete Ricketts, Monolith officially broke ground on its Olive Creek Facility in
Hallam with more than 100 city, county, state and industry representatives on hand.
Custer Public Power solar panels