Under OPPD proposal, cleaner air could come quicker — but it may cost more

The comment period has been extended three weeks and includes the October 11th meeting. If you haven’t made comments yet, there is still time to do so either online or at the board meeting. - Ed.

Instead of aiming its long-term goal at generating a certain percentageof local electricity from renewable sources, as it has since 2015, OPPD is considering a policy that would reduce the amount of carbon releasedwhile producing each megawatt of electricity for ratepayers.

Carbon intensity is calculated by dividing the carbon emitted in the generation of electricity by the total amount of electricity generated. Using this standard measurement would allow OPPD customers to compare OPPD’s environmental impact with other utilities that measure their impact similarly, said Mary Fisher, OPPD’s vice president of energy production.