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.
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