Flooding, economic development announcements, and day-to-day work, 2019 was a busy year at OPPD. And it was a year when the utility spotlighted the every day work employees do for customers and communities.
The Wire was where customers could come to learn about this work, and get an inside look at their public power utility. Here are the 10 most popular stories on the website based on page views.
10. International Lineman Rodeo in Kansas City. The event hosts hundreds of lineman from around the country and world – and OPPD brought home two first-place finishes. Meet the team.
9. Former Fort Calhoun Station employees find new OPPD homes. More than 70 former FCS employees now work elsewhere at the utility, keeping skilled workers within OPPD. Hear their story.
8. Google unveils new Sarpy data center. OPPD was key to attracting the internet company to its service territory. Go inside the celebration.
7. CPR training saved Kevin McCormick’s life. The senior director of safety at OPPD is alive today after a heart attack thanks to his wife’s knowledge of CPR. It’s a message he wants everyone to know.
6. Crew stays amid floodwater to provide service. During the historic flooding in March 2019, one OPPD found themselves stranded in Fremont – so they kept working. But they say it’s “nothing special.”
5. Falcons get their close-up. A pair of peregrine falcons living at OPPD’s North Omaha Station now have their own live webcam. Customers can now get an up-close look at their daily lives.
4. Here comes more sun. In October 2019, OPPD’s board of directors approved the utility pursuing utility-scale solar. Here’s how it will integrate in the utility’s generation mix.
3. When mutual aid calls, OPPD responds. As Hurricane Dorian bore down on the East Coast, OPPD crews were ready to lend a hand.
2. An “oldie” but a goodie. The second-most-popular post of 2019 is one that has been around a while, it was first published in 2017. But it’s a topic readers are curious about: who is responsible for tree trimming.
1. Every day, everywhere. In the spring of 2019, The Wire chronicled in near-real time the work OPPD employees do every day to serve their customers and communities. The series ran for 42 consecutive days and gave an inside look at the work being done. Peak behind the curtain.
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