January 25th, 2016
On Thursday Feb 28, twenty OTOC and community leaders met at Urban Abbey with Duane Hovorka of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, who led an engaging discussion about the requirements of the EPA Clean Power Plan that Nebraska will have to meet by 2019. The audience had many questions but came away with a good understanding of how important this plan is to the future of the environmental sustainability of our state.
Two Hearings on the Clean Power Plan
Plan to attend these important meetings to learn more about and testify in support of the Clean Power Plan:
Tuesday, Feb 23 in Omaha at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans Street
Wednesday, Feb 24 in Lincoln at Country Inn and Suites, 5353 N. 27th St
Meetings take place from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 pm at each location. Poster session from 1 to 2:30 and 6:00 to 7:30 Brief Presentation & Public Comment period from 2:30 to 4 pm and 7:30 to 9 pm Read More . . .
December 19th, 2015
Over 230 people have attended the five OTOC Issue Cafes about the Death Penalty Referendum, OPPD and our Energy Future, Housing, the Crisis of Central American Refugees, the EPA Clean Power Plan and our fun evening of Mexican Bingo. To find a full listing of all the sessions, click on the document below:
OTOC Issues Cafe Jan 2016
Issue Cafe Announcements for Jan 2016
OTOC is Urban Abbey’s community partner in January, 2016!! UA will contribute 10% of everything you buy from the coffee counter and 50% of every bag of coffee you buy during January to OTOC to support our work. Learn more about OTOC’s work on vital issues and help OTOC prepare for 2016 by coming to these lively discussions:
Thur. Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. – The EPA Clean Power Plan Environmental Bills in the Nebraska Legislature–20 attended
Duane Hovorka of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation lead an engaging workshop and discussion about the requirements of the the EPA Clean Power Plan that
Nebraska will have to meet by 2019. The audience had many questions but came away with a good understanding of how important this plan is to the future environmental sustainability of our state. Leaders also talked about several key bills that are pending in the Nebraska Unicameral, including LB 802 which would create a Sustainability Task Force to examine how to help our state adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
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December 18th, 2015
CLICK ON GRAPH TO EXPAND: Households using 200 kWh/mo to 700 kWh/mo will spend between $178 and $41 more per year for the same amount of energy (left side). Households using 1000 kWh to 2000 kWh/mo will pay between $40 and $274 less per year for the same amount of electricity (right side).
OTOC leaders worked hard to convince the OPPD Board take their time and look at viable alternatives to raising fixed fees by 200%. Despite the thoughtful pleas of over 200 OTOC leaders and hundreds more from other community organizations, the OPPD Board voted 6-2 to adopt the staff’s proposed restructuring. Board members Tom Barrett and Tim Gay voted against the proposal. OTOC thanks them for listening to their communities.
Fr. Mike Eckley spoke on behalf of OTOC at a Dec 15 press conference in front of OPPD. Fr. Mike expressed OTOC’s concern that increasing fixed fees will result in many low income, fixed income families experiencing more difficulty paying their bills.
Prior to the vote, OTOC asked the OPPD Board and Staff to answer several questions that remain unanswered.
Please ask your board member and OPPD senior staff to provide answers to our community. To see the questions OTOC asked, click on the link below:
OTOC held workshops on November 9 and December 10 that were attended by over 200 people who expressed concern to OPPD and asked for them to delay action and look at alternatives. OPPD Board members Tom Barret, John Green and Anne McGuire and OPPD CEO Tim Burke attended the December 10 meeting. Mr. Barrett sought a delay but was unable to win approval. Mr. Barrett and Board member Tim Gay, who met with OTOC leaders over the weekend, voted against the proposal.
For more information about OPPD’s proposal and alternative ways for OPPD to secure their financial future, see the Issue Brief prepared at OTOC’s request:
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December 11th, 2015
300 people attended prayer vigil for refugees
Join OTOC to meet with leaders of Omaha’s refugee resettlement agencies on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hall at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Ave). Learn why and how refugees are resettled to the US and the security screening that takes place. Learn from which countries refugees are coming to Omaha and Nebraska and meet members of those communities.
December 1st, 2015
OTOC leaders used a clear and concise Issue Brief on Alternatives to OPPD’s rate restructuring. Click on the link below to see that document.
Alternative Rate Options for OPPD FINAL Dec102015
Over 150 concerned citizens and customers of OPPD came to an informative OTOC community meeting on December 10 to learn about viable alternatives to OPPD’s proposed increase in fixed fees from $10.25 to $35 per month. OPPD CEO Tim Burke and VP Lisa Olson participated in the meeting while Board Chair Anne McGuire along with Board members John Greene and Tom Barrett listened from the audience. The OPPD contingent stayed long after the meeting to talk with community leaders who wished to engage them.
OTOC organized a panel of community leaders and energy experts to discuss with the audience and OPPD Board members our concerns about OPPD’s proposed rate restructuring. Local energy experts Kay Carne and David Holtzclaw along with OTOC leaders Alan Vovolka and Cindy Johnson formed a panel that articulated OTOC’s critique of the proposed plan, specified numerous alternatives that the Board could adopt and ask the Board to delay action for at least 3 months so they can investigate the many alternatives to raising fixed fees.
Environmental Action Team Chair Laurie Gift chaired the tightly organized meeting with the help of Mary Ruth Stegman. At the end of the meeting, Laurie asked the audience if they wanted OPPD to delay acting on the proposal for at least three months to consider other alternatives. Every arm in the room shot up. Laurie then asked CEO Burke if he would commit to letting the Board know that OTOC is asking OPPD to delay action and he observed that the Board Chair and members would undoubtedly let the other Board members know this. With a little prodding he indicated he too would convey OTOC’s position to the Board.
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