OPPD proposes goals of 50% renewables, 20% cut in 'carbon intensity'

OPPD already expects its percentage of retail electricity from renewable sources to approach 40 percent in late 2019, when a wind energy project in northeast Nebraska comes online. The utility’s percentage of retail sales from renewable sources was 5.1 percent as recently as 2010.

OPPD has asked the public to weigh in on the new draft directiveby Nov. 4, using a form on its website, oppd.com. Officials plan to sift through the next round of public comments in time to share them with board. If the compromise appears acceptable, the OPPD board could adopt it during its Nov. 15 board meeting. If not, it could be sent back to the drawing board.