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  • Todd R Calfee
    (NP)

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    Mary A Harding
    (NP)

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?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities? Please detail.

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Education B.S., University of Nebraska Masters work in sociolinguistics
Current Public Office, dates held Subdivision 1, Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors since 2003
Past Public Office, dates held Board of Governors, Southeast Community College 1989 - 1995. Member of the Plattsmouth Plannning Commission, 2016 to present.
Address 1107 Happy Hollow Court, Plattsmouth NE
Marital Status married
Yes. In order to remain relevant to our constituents and to promote economic growth, we must continue to increase our reliance on carbon-free generation resources. Early this year I proposed that NPPD undertake a decarbonization study, and we look to receive the reports from this effort by the end of the year. From this, we will set goals for the District to reduce our carbon footprint over the next two-three decades.

Nebraskans deserve an all-of-the above strategy: low-cost, reliable AND clean electricity. Those who focus on the price and reliability of electricity without considering the larger impacts to our community are selling Nebraskans short. This industry has proven that we can move forward with modern technology without creating disruptions in reliability.
I fought for, and achieved, live webcasting of NPPD board meetings. Serving a territory that spans the state, I believe it was essential to make observation of our proceedings easy for consumers who might otherwise need to travel hours to be present.
The adoption of a decarbonization plan is my first priority for the year ahead. Following that, I believe it is time to revisit the founding principles of public power in Nebraska and improve public accountability. There is no central office where a citizen can find maps of utilities and their board districts, or see easily who the representatives of those districts are. It is time to change that.