Energy-Related Question? Just Ask.

By admin On April 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

Have an energy-related question? Contact an OPPD Energy Advisor. 

OPPD customers have grown to depend on Energy Advisors as a valuable source of energy information. Topics range from add-on heat pumps, electric safety, lighting, space heaters, power quality and weatherization, to basic questions about electricity. Energy Advisors also have helpful brochures to provide you with more details.

Our energy advisors can provide useful tips to help you learn about electric safety, saving energy and more.

Please e-mail your questions to  An Energy Advisor will respond the next working day.

Also, please feel free to comment on this post.  If you have an energy-related question, we can always address it in one of our posts as well.




2011 Energy Workshops

By admin On April 19th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

OPPD will be hosting a number of energy workshops, as listed below. All workshops will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, 115 South 49th Avenue, Omaha, NE.


Please note: The May 9 workshop will be held at  the OPPD arboretum, 108th and Blondo streets in Omaha.

May 9, 2011 (Rain-out Date May 16)
OPPD Arboretum Educational Workshop

108th and Blondo Streets, Omaha

The OPPD arboretum is designed to create an outdoor education area where customers and students can learn the safety issues associated with tree and shrub planting under overhead power lines, above buried power lines and near surface electrical equipment. Also, learn the importance of landscape plantings in providing energy conservation and observe landscape and specimen plantings of the woody plants recommended for use in OPPD’s service area.


June 13, 2011

Practical Energy Saving Solutions

This workshop will provide customers with a variety of no cost to low cost energy efficient saving opportunities within their home. Presenter Garry Ruliffson will have various visual displays and simple solutions to the most common energy consuming aspects of the home.


September 12, 2011

Why Your Home Needs an Energy Audit

Before you do any energy efficient improvements to your home, you need to have a certified Energy Rater perform an Energy Audit. This workshop will give you an overview of how your house works as a complete system and will touch on the largest saving and comfort opportunities. Topics will include Energy Audits, air sealing, attic insulation, attic ventilation and heating and cooling equipment.


October 10, 2011

Ask the Expert Energy Rater Panel

Come visit with OPPD’s certified home Energy Raters. The panel of Energy Raters will be able to answer all of your energy efficiency, home health and safety questions. These Energy Raters are well educated and have a variety of experiences to answer the toughest energy conservation questions. Each rater will give away one free Energy Audit to the workshop attendees.


Registration and Information

To register for one or all the workshops, contact Liz Moldenhauer at 402-561-7583 or, or Ron Abdouch at 402-561-7582 or

For questions regarding the energy efficiency workshops, contact Renee Jacobsen at
402-636-3541 or email


Congratulations Arborists!

By admin On April 13th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

 Each year, nonprofit groups, organizations and schools are encouraged to apply for OPPD’s Tree Promotion Program.  Recipients receive funds for their planting projects and this year’s recipients include:

  • Fourth Grade Foresters
  • Anderson Grove PTO
  • Fire Ridge HOA, Inc.
  • American GI Forum - Omaha Chapter
  • City of Omaha
  • GFWC Nebraska Papillion Junior Women’s Club
  • St. Robert’s Church and School
  • Saddlebrook Elementary
  • Fairacres Homeowners
  • Fort Calhoun Community Schools
  • L.L. Coryell & Son Park Foundation
  • Midown Neighborhood Alliance
  • Notre Dame Living Center, Inc.
  • Bethlehem House
  • Douglas County Environmental Services
  • Wyman Heights Neighborhood Association
  • St. Luke United Methodist Church
  • Omaha Council of Garden Clubs
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • First Unitarian Church of Omaha
  • Rosehill Cemetary
  • Omaha Downtown Improvement District
  • Camp Fire USA

 Congratulations to all - happy planting!

OPPD’s Tree Promotion Program promotes the planting of trees and provides education concerning the value, selection, placement and welfare of trees. 

If you live in the Omaha area, check out OPPD’s arboretum, located at 108th & Blondo. Enjoy the walking trails and pick up a variety of landscaping tips along the way.

Grant Winners Announced

By admin On April 6th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

OPPD’s “Get a Head Start on Energy Education” program aims to help households discover low-cost ways to reduce, stabilize or improve energy use in their homes and to better manage, as well as plan for, energy-related expenses.

OPPD recently accepted grant applications from nonprofit groups, community-based organizations, and governmental and educational entities that work with families and individuals. Grant winners have been announced and include:

  • City Sprouts/ Orchard Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Goldenrod Hills Community Action Agency
  • Good Neighbor Ministries( Columbus Park Neighborhood
  • Family Housing Advisory Services
  • Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance


Get a Head Start on Energy was initially developed in 2008 by the Nebraska Energy Assistance Network (NEAN), a statewide coalition of utilities, human service and governmental agencies, community leaders and others, and piloted with the Nebraska Head Start Association in 2009. Since then the program has spread throughout the state and nationally. OPPD is a founding partner of NEAN.

The program provides agencies with the tools to educate households on using energy wisely. This includes educational CDs and DVDs for hands-on instruction on energy efficiency plus up to 30 energy kits per organization. Kits contain such things as weather stripping, electrical outlet insulators and compact fluorescent lamps.