Report says many utilities are slow-walking clean energy goals

By: - October 8, 2022 4:00 am

A coal-fired power plant in Romeoville, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Two Nebraska utilities were graded

The Sierra Club report included two Nebraska utilities: the Omaha Public Power District and the Nebraska Public Power District.

NPPD received an “F” rating. The Sierra Club said NPPD has made no progress in retiring any of its coal or replacing the current use of coal with clean energy by 2030. NPPD has no plans to add any additional megawatts of gas to its service, the organization said. 

Asked for response, Grant Otten, NPPD media relations specialist, said the utility has a plan to become carbon free by 2050. The utility’s current generation mix is 62% carbon-free, he said. 

OPPD received a “D” rating for its clean energy transition plan. According to the report, OPPD has met 19% of its goal of retiring 100% of its coal by 2030 but has planned to replace 59% of its current fossil fuel use with clean energy. However, OPPD intends to add 965 megawatts of gas by 2030, Sierra Club said. 

Julie Wasson, OPPD’s brand journalism strategist, said OPPD is “committed to a clean energy transition.”

“CO2 emissions have been reduced by 32% compared to our peak year of 2013, and we now have over 1,000 MW of renewable capacity in our portfolio,” she said.

The utility has done a study on decarbonization, Wasson said. The final report is available here.

— From Nebraska Examiner reporter Jazari Kual

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo is a national energy reporter based in southern Illinois, focusing on renewable power and the electric grid. Robert joined States Newsroom in 2018 as the founding editor of the Virginia Mercury. Before that, he spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. He has a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. He can be reached at [email protected]