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Voluntary emissions limit focuses on the future

February 17, 2020 | Wire Staff | generation, Nebraska City Station
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Last year, OPPD applied for a Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) permit that, once approved, will voluntarily limit emissions at the utility’s Nebraska City Station power plant.

Following the required public comment period with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), they will hold a public hearing Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Here, interested parties may provide additional comments and hear details of how the plan supports OPPD’s mission of providing affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to its customers.

PAL Permit
This excerpt from the Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) permit fact sheet, prepared by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, lays out OPPD’s voluntary reduction in potential to emit (PTE) at the Nebraska City Station power plants.

Together, the coal-fired units at Nebraska City Station generate more than 1.3 gigawatts of electricity. Both operate in accordance with all current permit limits.

This PAL permit expresses a significant drop in potential emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), adding a new independent emissions limit for the entire facility. The voluntary decrease in potential to emit will represent a 55% reduction for SO2 and a 31% reduction for NOx.

OPPD looks forward to continued dialogue with NDEE and the public on this important matter.

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