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Omaha Public Power District - Subdivision 1

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    Amanda Bogner
    (D)

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    Mark E. Treinen
    (R)

Biographical Information

Is increasing the use of renewable energy a priority for you? If so, what is your plan for this increase? If not, why not?

How would you work to ensure transparency at OPPD?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities?

Current Public Office, dates held OPPD Board of Directors, 2019 - 2020
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Education B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas (2002)
Military experience None
Volunteer experience UNL Architectural Engineering Industry Mentor Corp; The Big Garden; Lindenwood Homeowners Association; USGBC Flatwater Chapter; USGBC Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group; St. Vincent de Paul; Leadership Omaha Class #39
Yes. As a current board member, I have been an advocate for increasing the use of renewable energy. I supported the Power with Purpose proposal which included 600 megawatts of solar. I also supported the revision of Strategic Directive 7 which set a goal for OPPD to achieve zero-carbon in all its operations by 2050. If I am re-elected, I will continue to support this transition and ensure that OPPD continues to provide affordable, reliable electricity.
I support the work done by the LWV to get OPPD Board meetings live-streamed and believe that we need to continue to strive for greater public engagement in everything we do. OPPD will need public engagement as it seeks to adjust rate structures, implement the zero-carbon goal, and encourage more electrified transportation. The Board needs to ensure that the public is heard. This means that we need to hold public stakeholder meetings and gather input from customers before creating policy.
I will continue to prioritize safe, affordable, reliable electricity. I am currently working on a plan that would reduce bills for 85% of customers. As a mechanical engineer and small business owner, I have spent my career helping companies make smart energy decisions that lower costs and improve business efficiency. As an OPPD Board Member, I will continue to advocate for increasing energy efficiency throughout the district to help people and businesses lower their electricity bills.
Current Public Office, dates held none
Past Public Office, dates held OPPD director from November, 2017 through December, 2018
Education BSBA in accounting from Creighton University CPA
Military experience none
Volunteer experience served on boards of Catholic Charities (12 years), Marian High School (6 years), Youth Emergency Services (20 years), Sheltering Tree (1 year)
Until significant advances are made in renewable technologies to reduce the impact of their intermittency issue, and significant developments are made in battery and other storage technologies (both from a cost and capacity standpoint) some use of fossil fuels will be necessary. OPPD is a very responsible utility from an environmental standpoint and takes it very seriously. They are constantly monitoring new and developing technologies for future generation needs and grid management.
I believe in transparency vis-à-vis the public so long as it does not cause the release of sensitive proprietary and/or competitive data, or information subject to non-disclosure agreements. OPPD conducts business in a competitive national marketplace, and certain information has the potential to harm their position.
Top 3 priorities are: 1. Safety of the employees and the public. 2. Reliable power delivery 3. Electric rates below the Midwest average by at least 20%

I will define success as a SAIDI measurement of 90 and no general rate increases until that 20% cheaper rate is achieved.