Sustainability Energy

Nebraska aims to decarbonize its power sector by 2050

Story at a glance

  • The state’s largest electric utility voted in favor of adopting a nonbinding plan of achieving a net-zero emissions electricity sector by 2050.
  • The resolution was approved with a 9 to 2 vote.
  • NPPD joins the state’s two other major utilities, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Lincoln Electric System (LES), which have already committed to decarbonization.

Nebraska has become the first Republican state in the nation to set a target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the coming decades, Grist Magazine reports

The board of directors of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state’s largest electric utility, on Thursday voted in favor of adopting a nonbinding plan of achieving a net-zero emissions electricity sector by 2050. The resolution was approved with a 9-2 vote. 

NPPD joins the state’s two other major utilities, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Lincoln Electric System (LES), which have already committed to decarbonization. LES adopted a 100 percent net decarbonization goal by 2040 last year and OPPD has committed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

“This will be achieved by continuing the use of proven, reliable generation until alternative, reliable sources of generation are developed and by using certified offsets, energy efficiency projects, lower or zero carbon emission generation resources, beneficial electrification projects, or other economic and practical technologies that help NPPD meet the adopted goal at costs that are equal to, or lower than, then current resources,” NPPD said


America is changing faster than ever! Add Changing America to your Facebook or Twitter feed to stay on top of the news.


Nebraska is the only state that gets all its energy from publicly owned utilities, which means residents elect board members who run the three utility companies. 

“Our Nebraska customers already receive roughly 65 percent of their energy from carbon free resources, and we will continue to work closely with our customers as we move towards a goal of net-zero,” a NPPD spokesperson told Grist. 

Nebraska gets about half of its electricity from coal, nearly a quarter from wind and about 17 percent from nuclear power, according to the Energy Information Administration. 

Nationally, the Biden administration has set a goal to decarbonize the power grid by 2035.


READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA

HUGE PLANET FOUND ORBITING TWO OF THE UNIVERSE’S HOTTEST AND BIGGEST STARS

LAWMAKERS LINING UP BEHIND BILL TO BRING FOUR-DAY WORK WEEK TO AMERICA

EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR AN UNUSUAL OMICRON SYMPTOM IN KIDS

NEW HARVARD STUDY DECLARES WINNER BETWEEN PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY MIGHT HAVE DISCOVERED THE CAUSE OF ALZHEIMER’S