Troy Via has been named the Omaha Public Power District's chief operating officer and vice president of utility operations.
TestNebraska would have value now in helping fight COVID, a Pulse writer says. Another expresses concern about interactions with unvaccinated police officers.
An OPPD analysis of the storm will look at mutual aid contracts that bring in outside help, tree trimming policies and options to bury more power lines.
The Nebraska Legislature must once again be "a nonpartisan body where one’s political party affiliation is not a consideration in how one campaigns or how one votes," one Public Pulse writer says.
A small number of customers likely will be without power next week because they sustained major structural damage that prevents the utility from reconnecting power.
The volume of storm debris is immense; Omahans need far more help in getting rid of it, Pulse writers say.
OPPD hoped to have power restored to all but 15,000 customers by midnight Tuesday.
OPPD CEO Javier Fernandez acknowledged the frustration of people still in the dark but said OPPD is restoring power at a record pace in its largest response ever to an outage.
A storm rolled through Omaha early Saturday with high winds that downed trees and caused widespread power outages.
Torrential rains caused flash flooding, and strong winds downed trees and power lines in parts of southeast Nebraska on Thursday night as storms moved through the area.
Although Texans are being asked to conserve electricity due to the heat wave's stress on that state's grid, Omaha's utility operator isn't anticipating a similar request of it customers.
Nebraska's first utility-scale solar farm, to be located on 500 acres west of Omaha, has gotten the green light, despite objections from some neighbors.
The Legislature should show respect to Nebraska seniors and restore the original proposal for a serious tax credit for Social Security benefits.
The Omaha elections showed strong support for moderation, a Pulse writer says. Support for police was a key factor for the big Stothert win, another writes.
Nebraskans took initiative in remembering and honoring Vietnam veterans, a Pulse writer says.
The resolution recognizes the clear scientific consensus and sets the right path for OPPD, a Pulse writer says.
"I am glad and proud the Indian community can finally embrace their customs, heritage, language and cultures," a Pulse writer says.
The Saunders County Planning Commission has voted 5-1 against a conditional-use permit for the project, but the County Board is not bound by that decision.
The utility has made major strides forward on the issue, with important ongoing work ahead.
Javier Fernandez was selected from among five internal candidates for the position.
The project would be the largest solar farm in Nebraska and is the first step toward OPPD’s hoped-for 600 megawatts of solar power.
"The recent extreme weather events, and their effects on our lives, are not the true problem. It is the science-denying politicians who get involved in it. Political hacks who finger point, stating falsehoods and outright lies to tow the party line and their jobs, hold us back from progress."
"Disagreement between party members and an elected Republican party official is not unusual, but that disagreement is ordinarily communicated directly with the elected official, discussed and hopefully resolved. "
Because of increased power loads and continuing cold weather, the area "remains in a period of conservative operations" until 10 p.m. Saturday, utility officials said.