Beatrice Board of Public Works Signs Legal Defense Agreement, with Bluestem

BEATRICE –  The Beatrice Board of Public Works has approved a joint defense and common interest agreement with an Omaha energy firm, as the community pursues construction of a natural gas-fired electric generating facility.

The application for the facility has been submitted by Bluestem Energy Solutions LLC, to the Nebraska Power Review Board.   Both Nebraska Public Power District and Omaha Public Power District have filed objections to the application, contending it violates the spirit of public power, in Nebraska.

City officials maintain its’ more about competition, as communities seek the best deal for future electricity needs.

Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says he doesn’t foresee any legal expense for the city as Bluestem defends its plan for the facility, which it would own and operate.

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The City of Beatrice will end its’ wholesale customer status with NPPD, by 2021, having approved an agreement with AEP Energy Partners, of Ohio.

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The power review board will look at existing generating capacity, duplication and feasibility of the plant, among other things.

In other action Wednesday, the BPW approved recommending purchase of property from Karolyn Howard, for $10,000, east of 19th Street.  The city has an underground electric line that is on Howard’s property. Officials say purchasing the ten-foot wide parcel of property would be more cost-effective than relocating the electric line.

Officials believe installation of the line was done several years ago, mistaking that it was partly under private property.  It is located north of Irving Street.