Say Cheese!

By admin On October 26th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Submit Your Favorite Photos Taken at the OPPD Arboretum

The OPPD Arboretum is located at 108th & Blondo. It offers a beautifully-maintained natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban environment. On any given day you can see people enjoying the walking trails, taking pictures or getting an education on tree and shrub planting.

To further increase awareness and appreciation, we would like to invite our customers to submit favorite photos they’ve taken in the Arboretum.

Jacob and Taya, Burke High School athletes, submitted their photo which was taken at the OPPD Arboretum (108 & Blondo).

The Arboretum exists primarily to provide an outdoor education on safety issues related to planting under overhead power lines, above buried power lines and near surface electrical equipment.

But its varied collection of trees, shrubs and other plants have made it a popular spot for photographers, too. If you’ve been to the Arboretum for an organized activity or just to visit and have pictures you’d like others to see, feel free to send it and we may post it online.

To submit a picture, email to Please don’t send photos larger than 2 megabytes (MB).

We also ask that you stipulate the submission is your own work and not subject to copyright protection.

Electrathon Race at KC Speedway

By admin On October 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Raymond Central High School from Raymond, NE wins 1st and 2nd place in the Electrathon Race at Kansas Speedway.

Electric car racing is something new to KC Speedway. Races are one hour and the goal is to see how many laps a car can make on the 1.5 mile trioval track. The two cars from Raymond Central placed first and second in the experimental car division, by using solar energy boards on there cars. The first place car was driven by Darrin Pecka in car A57 with Dylon Marshalek in S55 coming in second.

As of now Raymond Central High School is already planing on building a new lighter and faster racecar for next year.

To learn more about electric car competitions for high schools, check out Power Drive. This annual rally draws more than 60 high schools from throughout the Midwest.

Energy Efficiency Loans Until Dec. 31

By admin On October 19th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

The Nebraska Energy Office along with Nebraska lenders enrolled in the Dollar and Energy Saving Loan program, have lowered interest rates to 2.5% to help stimulate the economy and help Nebraskans make energy efficiency improvements to homes and businesses.

Effective October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, the simple interest rate of 2.5% will apply to all energy efficiency, renewable energy, telecommunications, dedicated alternate fuel, ENERGY STAR® certified home electronics and office equipment, and waste minimization projects eligible under the program and in all borrower categories: residential, multi-family, businesses, non-profits, institutional (including schools and hospitals), industrial, ENERGY STAR® partners, local governments, farms and ranches.

The maximum loan amount has been raised to $750,000 and the maximum term is 15 years. Qualifying projects which exceed the maximum loan amount and term will be considered on a case by case basis.

For more information, contact Jack Osterman, Finance Division Chief, at (402)471-2817 or

Send us your video. Win cash.

By admin On October 14th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Attention high school students: Win $500 for yourself and another $500 for your school.

OPPD is once again sponsoring Project Green Flick. Send us your creative two-minute video about energy efficiency or the environment.

For some inspiration, here’s last year’s winning video from North High!

To submit your video, load it to youtube, and then follow the directions found under the Project Green Flick tab here on

You will also find a complete list of rules on that page as well, so read up and make sure you know all the rules before you submit your video.

Good luck to all of our participants, and remember to Aim Green!

Wind Farm on Schedule

By admin On October 11th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

The 40-turbine Flat Water Wind Farm project is about halfway complete.

Progress is sprouting up all over the Flat Water Wind Farm site on the state lines of Nebraska and Kansas. The project is nearly complete, with the goal of being operational by the end of the year.

As of Oct. 1, 18 of the 40 1.5-megawatt (MW) turbines planned were standing. Don Dison, vice president of Engineering & Construction at Potro Power (formerly Gallup Power) said they’re erecting these turbines at a pace of about one or one and a half per day. Potro Power has been contracted by Flat Water Wind Farm LLC to complete the wind farm by Dec. 31.

OPPD has signed a power purchase agreement with Flat Water Wind Farm LLC to buy the total 60-MW output of the company’s wind energy facility in Richardson County, Neb.

To support renewable energy, check out OPPD’s Green Power program at

Savings With A Twist

By admin On October 4th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Get $3 off multi-packs of energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) during the month of October.

In the Omaha metro area, you can save $3 on CFL multi-packs at

  • Hy-Vee
  • Bag ‘N Save
  • Home Depot
  • Menards

Here’s a fast link to a lot of good information about CFLs from the EPA’s Energy Star website.  And, if you have more specific questions, you can always send them to us via