October 21, 2014

OPPD continues to meet demand during excessive heat

Work continues at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as Omaha Public Power District makes improvements to the facility to get it back on-line. President and CEO Gary Gates says there is still work to do before they fire the plant back up. He says they are still in the discovery phase but starting to make repairs as they go.

Gates says the 2011 Missouri River flood did slow their progress but did not cause the problems at the plant. He says many were discovered during the process to upgrade the plant to a higher power level.

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant has been off-line since April of 2011. Since Omaha Public Power District is not having problems meeting their electricity demand the question remains – is the plant really needed? Gates says yes. First, the plant provides 500 megawatts of carbon-free and Co2-free emissions. Second is that they like to use different types of fuel in their energy generation and they want to maintain that fuel diversity.