COLUMBUS – Interest has been high in a request for proposals to provide nearly 2 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity by the Nebraska Public Power District to support Monolith Materials for its green hydrogen and carbon black operations in Hallam .
The request for proposals, released earlier this year, resulted in tenders for wind, solar and energy storage projects. The utility is in the process of compiling a short list of proposals from the offers received.
Projects could be physically located within the Southwest Power Pool footprint, in preference to those in Nebraska. Hallam is south of Lincoln.
Announced in January to facilitate the billion dollar expansion proposed by Monolith Materials for its Olive Creek facility near Hallam, NPPD and Monolith signed a letter of intent outlining the companies’ intentions to secure sufficient resources. renewable energies to generate 2 million megawatt hours per year.
“The roughly 2 million megawatt hours of production would create a sufficient number of renewable energy certificates to meet 100% of Monolith’s average annual energy consumption and meet their environmental and sustainability goals,” said Tom Kent, President and CEO of NPPD. “As we add additional production resources, NPPD will continue to keep our rates very competitive, which was one of the
the reasons Monolith moved its operations to Nebraska. We are very interested in finding places where the local community welcomes this type of investment in wind and solar projects. “
This shortlist is expected to be completed later this summer and successful sponsors will be notified this fall, followed by contract negotiations and eventual board approval.
Kent said the expectation is that all operations will be in place by December 31, 2025.
A total of 28 companies provided responses for a mix of wind, solar, storage and clean energy products. This included 21 wind projects totaling nearly 4,000 megawatts, 33 solar projects representing approximately 5,800 megawatts and electrical storage projects representing 2,200 megawatts.
The majority of the proposals provided locations in Nebraska.