Omaha Public Power District

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Omaha Public Power District
Type State Utility
Headquarters 444 South 16th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
Area served NE
Key people W. Gary Gates, CEO
Industry Electric Producer & Utility
Products Electricity
Revenue $750.3 million (2007)[1]
Net income $89.5 million (2007)[1]
Employees 2,300
Parent State of Nebraska

Omaha Public Power District, or OPPD, is a public electric utility in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It is one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 310,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties. OPPD was formed in 1946 as a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska. A publicly elected eight-member Board of Directors sets rates and policies.[2]

Power portfolio

Out of its total 2,682 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.25% of the U.S. total), OPPD produced 48.3% from coal, 18.7% from nuclear, 17.4% from oil, 15.4% from natural gas, and 0.1% from biomass. All of OPPD's power plants are in Nebraska.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

OPPD owned 6 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 1,296 MW of capacity. Here is a list of OPPD's coal power plants:[3][4][5]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Nebraska City NE Otoe 1979 652 MW 4,553,000 tons 14,994 tons
North Omaha NE Douglas 1954, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1968 645 MW 4,033,000 tons 14,315 tons

In 2006, OPPD's 2 coal-fired power plants emitted 8.6 million tons of CO2 and 29,000 tons of SO2.

Proposed coal plants

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 2007 OPPD Annual Report, Omaha Public Power District, p. 17.
  2. "Who We Are". Omaha Public Power District. Retrieved 8/16/07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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