Domestic Energy Research & Research Application Initiative

The United States economy has been increasingly challenged by high energy prices that are due in part to a heavy dependence on foreign oil. Concurrent with this challenge, is a widespread belief and concern that global climate changes are in progress due to rising production of greenhouse gasses. The challenge for our customers and the overall global community is to find new and imaginative ways to balance the needs of our contemporary society with solid economic and environmental principles.

In September 2005, NPPD management and members of the Board of Directors engaged in a strategic dialog that led to the development of a Charter for the Domestic Energy Research and Application Initiative. The Charter was reviewed by the Board of Directors and was signed and made effective on Oct. 14, 2005. The Charter was amended on Oct. 10, 2008 to add descriptive definitions to sharpen the focus of the initiative. Excerpts from the Charter and subsequent supporting activities are included in this report.

This initiative will focus on the identification of a “set” of projects or opportunities that are at a stage in their development cycle where they can constitute viable solutions to the energy issues that challenge our nation today. Consistent with project planning for new product development, multiple opportunities will be initially investigated that hold the greatest potential for utility application. For those opportunities with the greatest promise, the District will invest financial and other resources as appropriate. The District will monitor progress on the development of these initiatives and periodically report back to the Board of Directors on the status of its investment.

The scope of this project will include the identification of various applications of alternative fuels, energy sources and energy conservation alternatives. Examples to be considered include:

  • Alternative Fuels
  • Biodiesel
  • Electricity
  • Ethanol
  • Hydrogen
  • Methanol
  • Natural Gas
  • Energy efficiency to include energy conservation
  • Wind development to include identifying uses of wind energy that match the natural availability of the resource
  • Clean coal alternatives
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biomass
  • Solar
  • Energy Storage
  • Other opportunities as identified

Since the District does not maintain a research and development capability, external resources will be used when possible for research toward the development of new energy applications. Resources to be considered include:

  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Energy & Environmental Research Center
  • Other resources, as identified

Program Participants:

  • Director of Research Alan Dostal
  • Environmental Manager Joe Citta
  • Administrative Assistant Chris Cook
  • Director of Transportation & Facilities Matt Gilliland
  • Senior Energy Education Specialist Chad Johnson
  • Associate Financial Manager Dave Mazankowski
  • Advertising and Outreach Coordinator Christy Avery
  • Renewable Development Manager Dave Rich
  • Corporate Communications & Public Relations Manager Jeanne Schieffer
  • Generation Strategies Manager John Swanson
  • Canaday/Water /Renewable Energy Manager Chuck Troia