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NPPD finalized the contract with Monolith and will begin diligently preparing for this technology

advance at one of NPPD’s oldest, but most unique power stations. Since it came on-line, Sheldon Station

has generated electricity from nuclear fuel, then natural gas and finally coal. Hydrogen is now awaiting its


Monolith Materials of Redwood City, Calif., is developing the Olive Creek Project that will convert

natural gas to carbon black using a unique proprietary process. Carbon black is a building block commodity

used in tire manufacturing, electronics, pigments, and many other end-use products. Monolith Materials’

unique conversion process also produces a hydrogen rich tail-gas co-product. NPPD plans to use this

hydrogen as a fuel which, when burned to heat water, will produce steam to ultimately generate electricity.

Representatives from Monolith Materials have been in conversation with NDEQ and Lincoln Lancaster

County for environmental permitting, and Monolith has engaged a local Lincoln-based consultant for

this effort. It is projected that the Olive Creek project will have substantial economic benefits to not only

residents of Lancaster County but to the citizens of Nebraska as a whole. These benefits include, but are not

limited to, carbon-free electricity generation; new, highly skilled manufacturing employment; substantial

financial investment in construction and operation of the Olive Creek production facility; as well as on-going

generation of state and local tax revenues.

Carbon Capture

The Methane Recovery Working Group did not meet in 2016, as no projects came to the forefront.

However, NPPD solicited letters of support from NDEQ, Nebraska Energy Office, and Nebraska Oil and Gas

Conservation Commission (state agencies) in collaboration with the University of North Dakota’s Energy and

Environmental Research Center.

The project was successfully awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant for the “Nebraska Integrated

Carbon Capture and Storage Pre-Feasibility Study” under the DOE Carbon SAFE program. This project will

kick off in 2017 and run through mid-year 2018.

Water Quality Sampling

NPPD Environmental Department staff members assisted NDEQ

with the Nebraska Public Beach Monitoring Program.

Since 2004, NDEQ has conducted sample collection at public

recreational lakes statewide for E.coli bacteria and the microcystin

toxin. E. coli is an indicator bacterium used to determine the

presence of bacteria or other harmful pathogens. The microcystin is a

hepatotoxin that is produced by some blue-green algae and can cause

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Risks to humans can come from

external exposure and from swallowing the water where the bacteria

has formed.