MEAN, CNPPID approve new power purchase agreement

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) recently finalized an agreement on a 10-year power purchase agreement for 42 megawatts of carbon free capacity and energy from CNPPID’s Johnson Lake hydro facilities.

The CNPPID Board of Directors approved the agreement at its November 2023 board meeting. The MEAN Board of Directors approved the agreement prior to CNPPID’s approval. The contract began Jan. 1, 2024 and runs through Dec. 31, 2033. It includes all power output of Johnson Lake hydro units 1 and 2.

The agreement aligns with MEAN’s Carbon Neutral 2050 Vision, which was approved by the MEAN Board in 2020. 

Along with the hydro power purchase agreement, MEAN is also working to facilitate multiple community solar projects on behalf of its wholesale power participants as well as MEAN-owned solar power projects in several wholesale power participant communities.