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ION Clean Energy Awarded $5.8M for Carbon Capture Tech (Funding)
ION Clean Energy,Nebraska Public Power District
Date: 2019-10-02
Boulder, Colorado-based solvent-based CO2 capture technology specialist ION Clean Energy, Inc. reports it has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and awarded $5.4 million to complete a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 600-mw equivalent, CO2 capture system designed to be retrofitted into Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, NE.

The project will provide critical data and insight into the transformative potential of ION's CO2 capture technology when deployed at existing coal-fired power plants.

ION Clean Energy is commercializing its proprietary liquid absorbent process and working with local and global partners to commercialize and deploy its CO2 capture technology. (Source: ION Energy, PR, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: ION Clean Energy, Alfred "Buz" Brown, CEO, 303.997.7097,, ,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Public Power District,  ION Clean Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

Scottsbluff Neb. Plans Second Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Community Soler
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Corn Husker State, the city of Scottsbluff reports it plans to build a second community solar project following on the heels of a sold-out, 128-kilowatt array in 2017. The 2017 array at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) office in Scottsbluff was sold out within days and Since going online has generated more than 350,000 kWh of electricity.

After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.

Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do. Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state. NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NPPD,  Community Solar,  

NPPD Sued Over Wind PPA Terminations (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
Global Investment Partners
Date: 2019-02-11
Three wind farms in the Cornhusker State -- Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC -- are reported to have filed legal action against Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for allegedly attempting to prematurely cancel existing 20-year PPAs 10 years ahead to their expiration date.

The lawsuit seeks both a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop NPPD from terminating the agreements on the grounds that a "premature termination of the PPAs would effectively destroy each plaintiff's wind energy project as a going concern." The suit also claims the early PPA terminations would have a material effect on the wind farms because it would put them in default with their creditors, potentially triggering foreclosure actions.

All three plaintiff wind farms are owned or partially owned New York-based Global Investment Partners. (Source: The Sioux City Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Investment Partners,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NPPD,  

NPPD, Wartsila, LUT Developing Alt. Fuels Business Case (Ind Report)
Nebraska Public Power District,Wartsila Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-11-21
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reports the signing of a MOU with Finland's Lappeenranta University of Technology and Wartsila for the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wartsila generating sets.

The aim of the business case is to achieve a technically and commercially viable solution that will allow NPPD to proceed with an industrial scale pilot project to accelerate the development and commercial-scale production of methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and other low-carbon alternative fuels.

Working together, the parties will evaluate performance and commercial information on the various fuels, provide input for the economic model, and develop an economic evaluation model. By demonstrating the results with Wartsila test engines, it is envisioned that the conversion of hydrogen to methanol using CO2, then burning the methanol as fuel to produce electricity.(Source: Nebraska Public Power, PR, 15 Nov., 2018)Contact: Wartsila Energy Solutions, Mikael Backman, Regional Director, USA & Canada,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Nebraska Public Power District,  Alternative Fuel,  

NPPD Joins Nebraska Carbon Capture Storage Study (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Public Power District
Date: 2018-07-23
Reporting from Omaha, the Cornhusker State's largest electric utility, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reports it will participate in a 2-year US EPA study to develop safe methods to capture and store carbon produced by coal-fired power plants and ethanol plants.

The study will examine the viability of creating regional storage hubs for captured carbon and is expected to cost ratepayers about $750,000 for in-kind work but will unlock more than $13 million in federal funds, according to the utility.

The NPPD is currently working with the US DOE on a related carbon capture study at Nebraska's largest coal-fired power plant, Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland. Design work is expected to complete next year, the district said. (Source: Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha World Herald, 20 July, 2018) Contact: Nebraska Public Power District,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Public Power District,  

Nebraska Community Solar Power Shares Offered (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Public Power District.SoCore Energy
Date: 2017-09-11
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is reporting residential and commercial customers in Kearney are now able to purchase shares in the city of Kearney's SunWise Community Solar Program. The 53-acre solar facility is expected to come online early next year.

Kearney project developer Chicago-based SoCore Energy will sell the project's electricity to NPPD which will in turn resell energy to Kearney solar subscribers at cost. To date, 5,499 shares of the community solar project's 7,099 total shares have been allocated. The remaining 1,600 shares sold in 150-kWh increments will be offered to residential and commercial customers who can stay in the program for as short as one month or as long as the length of the power purchase agreement of the solar developer, typically 20 years or more. (Source: Kearney Hub, NPPD, Sept. 9, 2017)Contact: NPPD, Tim Arlt1, GM, Tim Arlt1, (877) 275-6773,; SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  Nebraska Public Power District,  SoCore Energy,  

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