Calling All Refrigerator Artists

By admin On March 30th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

That’s right! Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is looking for five artists interested in using an old refrigerator as their canvas (or sculpture). 

OPPD is seeking submission of five (5) proposals for green-themed temporary art installations using refrigerators as the basis for their artwork. The artwork will be displayed at various locations in Omaha. 

The objective is to increase awareness of energy efficiency and recycling and to help promote OPPD’s refrigerator recycling program.  As part of the progam, OPPD will haul away old, inefficient refrigerators for free and pay the customer $35. Specifics of the program can be found at

Artists submitting proposals must be aware that art should be finished and ready for installation by June 24, 2011.  To obtain a copy of the request for proposal or for more information, contact Elliott Spilker at

Like the Oscars, but with Trees!

By admin On March 21st, 2011 in Uncategorized /

OPPD has been named a Tree Line USA Utility in recognition of its quality tree care programs and services.

It’s the 11th consecutive year OPPD has been designated a Tree Line USA Utility, a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. OPPD has received more designations than any other Nebraska utility.

“Across America, people are recognizing and celebrating how vital trees are to our cities and towns,” said John Rosenow, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit education organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship.

“Trees are an important part of urban landscapes all across the United States from an environmental and economic standpoint. Trees not only help clean the air and water sources, the shade they provide helps reduce peak energy usage and conserve energy. Utility providers like the Omaha Public Power District are setting a good example about the importance of recognizing a valuable community resource like trees.”

In announcing OPPD’s selection, the Arbor Day Foundation said the District met the basic requirements for a Tree Line USA utility. The requirements are that the utility follows industry standards for quality tree care; provides annual worker training in best tree-care practices; participates in and sponsors a tree-planting and public education program; has a tree-based energy conservation program; and participates in an Arbor Day celebration.

“We are very pleased to be named as a Tree Line USA Utility for another year,” said John Buckley, supervisor of Transmission and Distribution Maintenance Management for OPPD.”It reflects this utility’s commitment to being a good steward of our environment. We believe in the importance of quality tree care while meeting our service objectives as well as the proper selection, placement and maintenance of trees, especially around overhead power lines.”

What does smart mean to you?

By admin On March 15th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

How much do you know about your utility meters? Would you know where to look to be able to measure your use? Would you be able to identify a smart meter?

According to a recent survey completed by Chartwell, most utility customers are unfamiliar with smart grid or smart meters.

We want your feedback. Sure, this is an informal survey, but we’d like to know. Have you heard of the terms smart grid or smart meter? If so, what does it mean to you?

If we get enough responses, we’ll post some our results here. We’ll even take some time to explain smart technology in future posts.

Hike, Bike, Carpool - Think About It!

By admin On March 1st, 2011 in Uncategorized /

What’s Your Carbon Footprint?
While there are more extensive websites for determining your overall effect on the environment, you should check out The site allows you to see the impact of driving to work, as opposed to walking, biking or even carpooling. Reducing the amount of carbon produced during your commute to work results in a healthier environment and a healthier you.

Hitch a Ride
MetrO! Rideshare is a free, quick, and secure service that connects commuters throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area who are interested in carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation. Just visit their site, create a new account and profile and Metro Rideshare will automatically search for commute matches according to your personal preferences.

Carpooling helps save money on fuel and vehicle wear and tear. Having someone share the ride can also be fun and relaxing. And by carpooling you are helping to reduce our dependence on oil and decrease pollution in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

Bike It
Bicycling is a great and healthy way to travel around the metropolitan area. More people every day are discovering cycling for recreation and as environmentally-friendly transportation to work, school, entertainment, and shopping. Our growing metropolitan trail system is very popular with cyclists, runners, walkers, and in-line skaters, and is linking more parts of the region together.

The completion of the new Missouri River Trail Bridge will even connect Nebraska and Iowa for non-motorized users. But trails don’t go everywhere and people often have to use the street system for commuting, access to trails, recreational trips, and other purposes. That’s where this map on, Omaha’s FIRST Bicycling Guide, comes in. It is designed as a tool to help you find routes to take you through the city by bicycle.