NPPD: Reducing carbon footprints in Nebraska

Taking the step to reduce carbon footprints in Nebraska.

Nebraska Public Power District is hoping to reduce its carbon footprint by holding public meetings. The first meeting will be held, on Wednesday in Norfolk.

Mark Becker, who works for NPPD, talked to NCN about what to expect when attending the meetings.

"The event itself will start off with a couple of representatives from the electric power research institute. They will do, more or less, an educational aspect of it. What's the risk of de-carbonization and what's the risk of not decarbonizing," added Mark Becker.

The meetings are due to the winter storms that happened back in February 2021, which resulted in rolling blackouts, and served as a good example as to why power districts like NPPD need to go back to the drawing board and come up with different ideas and strategies, so they are better prepared in the future. 

According to NPPD, between 2005 and 2020, Nebraska has significantly reduced its carbon emission by 60 percent, which is a great sign but also suggests that more needs to be done.

The board also wants the public to weigh in on the financial aspect, and how doing this could affect the Nebraskan power bill in the future.

"There will be questions on what will the cost be, and that's what the board wants to hear," said Becker.

The meetings will be starting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Northeast Community College. Other forums will be at Seward, North Platte, Scottsbluff, and Kearney. They will end on Wednesday, August 18th.