NPPD’s Commitment to the Environment
NPPD’s Promise and Response to the President’s Proposed Climate Action Plan
The Nebraska Public Power District was pleased to hear the President acknowledge that carbon emissions from the energy sector have fallen to the lowest level in 20 years. It is proof electric utilities have risen to the challenge of meeting the environmental needs of their customers.
NPPD is on course to generate 10 percent of its electricity with new renewables by 2020. We promote energy efficiency and safely operate a generation fleet that is 40 percent carbon free. We promise to protect this state’s environmental quality while meeting the energy needs of Nebraska as economically as possible. NPPD actively works with industry groups like the American Public Power Association and the Large Public Power Council to proactively engage in the rule making process and help influence the EPA in creating sensible and responsible regulations for our industry.
The regulation of CO2 will be a very challenging and expensive issue for the electric industry since carbon capture and sequestration is in early research and developmental stages and not commercially available. The possibility of sequestration of CO2 below ground also presents both technical and permitting challenges. These facts and many more must be considered when developing regulation.
In the end, our customers deserve safe, reliable, low-cost, and sustainable energy, and it is our goal, responsibility, and passion to provide it for them.
NPPD acknowledged our responsibilities to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by Nebraska.
While Nebraska Public Power District has committed to an Environmental Policy along with Corporate and Individual Environmental Leadership Principles, these are more than just word on paper. Active involvement exemplifies the fact that NPPD’s employees are committed to making sure we do our part as a company and as individuals to “enhance the quality of life for Nebraskans.” NPPD encourages and fully supports such employee involvement.
At work, NPPD employees are involved with organizations such as the Nebraska Industrial Council for the Environment (NICE) which is comprised of various industrial businesses, as well as environmental consultants and firms from throughout Nebraska that collectively work to monitor, comment, help direct, and educate on environmental issues facing Nebraska industries. NPPD financially supports such organizations as Nebraska Recycling Council and Keep Nebraska Beautiful. These organizations take a lead role in educating Nebraskans about pollution prevention, development and establishment of recycling programs in Nebraska counties and communities, and even development of state-wide programs such as the Nebraska Used Oil Collection Program, of which NPPD was a member of the Leadership Management Team. Since its initial inception in 1999, this program has expanded to include over 60 locations across Nebraska where citizens can take their used oil for proper disposal.
NPPD has had two employees appointed by the Governor to serve as voting members of the Nebraska Environmental Quality Council (EQC). The EQC is made up of representative from various sectors of the Nebraska population and is essentially chartered with establishing and approving environmental rules and regulations within Nebraska. Currently NPPD’s Environmental Manager serves on the EQC as the representative for Nebraska industry.
NPPD employees support work of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund by serving as technical reviewers of various grant applications for environmental projects that may be funded by the Environmental Trust Fund.
At the individual level, and away from work, NPPD employees across the state are also involved in many other organizations such as Nebraska Adopt-A-Highway Program, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resources Districts, Audubon Society, Sierra Club and other organizations committed to development and preservation of wildlife, habitat, and the environment.