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Omaha Public Power District

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10% Improvement (2011)

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 340,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties. OPPD's mission is to deliver high-value electricity and other essential services to its customers. In 2007, OPPD launched a new energy initiative aimed at increasing its emphasis on renewable energy, conservation, and concern for the environment. As part of this mission, OPPD created the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Stewardship (SEES) Division and set goals such as having 10 percent of the energy sold to retail customers come from renewable resources by 2020 and reducing electrical demand by 50 megawatts by 2012.

 

The SEES team soon realized that looking internally at OPPD was a priority in promoting energy efficiency and formed a partnership with the Facilities Management Division. OPPD had already been an ENERGY STAR partner for a number of years and opted to take the ENERGY STAR Challenge with the initial goal of achieving a 10 percent reduction in energy use as part of our Challenge commitment. OPPD's facilities are one of its own largest customers, and EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, made it easy to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts at OPPD facilities.

 

In early 2011, EPA recognized OPPD as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving its energy efficiency by more than 10 percent across its portfolio of buildings. OPPD's Commercial and Industrial Energy Solutions group assisted in the partnership between Facilities Management and SEES by providing energy efficiency solutions such as Energy, Commissioning, and Optimization 24/7 (ECO 24/7). The focus of ECO 24/7 projects are to maintain or improve occupant comfort while maximizing energy efficiency by optimizing systems already used in the building. The CIES team also contributed technical support for other building upgrades. Lighting retrofits and technology upgrades were performed in several of the facilities, and motion sensors were installed in many offices and conference rooms. Information Technology acquisition policy has also helped the effort, as all new desktops and laptops must be ENERGY STAR qualified.

 

With over 580,000 square feet of office space included in OPPD's portfolio, the 10 percent improvement translates into more than 1.7 million kilowatt-hours that did not need to be generated last year over the baseline year. These savings prevented the emission of about 1,450 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 280 vehicles. Taking the lead in energy efficiency is one way OPPD hopes to encourage its customers to take the ENERGY STAR Challenge and implement energy efficiency projects and strategies. That's good business for both OPPD and its customer-owners.