Neb PPD Refuses to Pay Small Energy Producers

Posted: September 29, 2010 in GREEN, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy
The Nebraska Public Power District is trying to trick residents into believing that NPPD cares about their demand for renewable energy increases by saying they are anxious to buy power from 1MW or more producers.

No grass roots renewable energy producer on a small farm or city home is generating that much excess power. What we demand is an equal purchase price as that which we are paying for it. To do this, we must have a Net Metering law supporting this.

Many of us just produce enough to meet our needs and we go about our day storing extra power in batteries. All of this BS from the Politicians makes it too difficult to get paid for our energy and we are just better off sharing it with our neighbors within our own bartering arrangement.

-Tim Frentz

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Neb. Renewable Energy specialist, Robert Byrnes comments are below.


More greenwashing that makes me ill. They say they want small scale power then testify against expanding net metering which is the only way these small projects are feasible and they know that. Notice how they trashed all 8 that people worked to submit and the smallest they had was several MW. This is just green cover for them so when they are asked about their suppression of decentralized production they can say they offered it.


Robert Byrnes

Neb Renewable Energy Association Pres.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apr 01, 2010


Small-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Sought by NPPD


Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is seeking to purchase the energy and environmental attributes from small-scale renewable energy projects, ranging from wind and solar to methane, and incorporating them into its energy portfolio. That is the emphasis of a new request for proposal (RFP) issued by NPPD for customers served by NPPD retail and NPPD wholesale customers.


The RFP calls for a power purchase agreement from small-scale electric generation projects of less than ten megawatts nameplate capacity that qualify under the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). Frank Thompson, NPPD engineer who is coordinating the RFP process, explained that the small-scale renewable energy resources could include small wind projects, solar energy, biomass (including methane recovery), low head hydroelectric or existing hydroelectric efficiency improvements, and co-generation via waste heat utilization or efficiency improvements.


“NPPD wants to provide an opportunity for the development of small renewable energy resources from potential developers who would like to sell power to a utility. It is also part of our goal of having 10 percent of our energy coming from renewable resources by 2020,” explained Thompson. He pointed out that NPPD’s wholesale utility contract agreement allow a wholesale utility customer to purchase the output from small-scale PURPA qualifying facilities that are less than two megawatts in size. If the wholesale customer chooses not to purchase the power, it can defer the purchase to NPPD. Power purchases from generation facilities sized from two megawatts to 10 megawatts can only be negotiated with NPPD.


In May of 2009, NPPD issued a similar RFP but rejected all the proposals due to a combination of high costs to purchase the generated electricity and the weakened economy, which lowered energy prices at that time, according to Thompson. He explained that eight qualified proposals had been submitted from the first request.


PURPA qualifying facilities must be sized less than 10 megawatts but greater than the maximum size allowed by the utility’s net metering policy. NPPD’s maximum size allowed for net metering is 25 kilowatts while wholesale customers maximum sized allowed for net metering may vary. The RFP calls for the generating facility or facilities to be operational on or before December 1, 2011, with actual in-service date subject to negotiations.


The RFP documents are available by accessing NPPD’s website at www.nppd.com under Bids & Contracts. Potential bidders will need to register under the category of “Power Purchase Agreement from Renewable Resources” and then access the RFP information/..documents as found under this solicitation. For more information regarding access to the bid documents, contact Sarah Hopwood at (402) 563-5405 or sjhopwo@nppd…com. Deadline for submittal of proposals is September 1, 2010.


Potential respondents who have questions regarding the actual RFP should direct their questions to Brent Hofferber at blhoffe@nppd…com.


Always there when you need us, NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver low-cost reliable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 1 million Nebraskans with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services.

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