As a board member elected in 2012 to serve on the board of OPPD and as Vice Chair, I know the importance of having exemplary leadership characteristics needed to innovate and deliver affordable and safe electric power. When OPPD proposed raising fixed fees by 200%, I was one of two OPPD board members to vote against raising the fees, understanding the hardship it would place on members of our community.
Serving on the board of OPPD, has also allowed me to save you (the customer owner) real money through a no general rate increase in 2 years with a 5-year Commitment to no increase. I eliminated special employee perks & started cost-cutting program. In addition, The closing of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant will provide for huge savings now and into the future.
I was also apart of landing the new Facebook Data Center due to OPPD’s Renewable Energy Vision. A fun fact is that one Facebook Center is equal to adding 17,000 homes to OPPD’s electrical grid. I’ve brought Renewable Energy into OPPD’s Portfolio by increasing Wind Energy Retail Sales from 10% in 2013 to 33% to 2017 bringing OPDD to the forefront of the Wind Energy Industry. I am also excited to announce that OPPD’s 1st Community Solar Farm is in Development!
I’ve advocated for Energy Saving Programs which reward customer-owners and moved towards greater transparency, openness and inclusion. All Board and Committee Meetings are “Live-streamed” and available at OPPD.com. Monthly Board Meetings moved from 10 am to 4 pm for to increase your vital input. Furthermore, I support equal pay for equal rights and have advocated for Female Executives, which now make-up the majority of OPPD’s Senior Management Team.
My desire to serve my community has led me to hold numerous positions within the civic and business organizations including: Nebraska One-Call “Diggers Hotline” Board of Directors (1997 – 2000) and I am a current member of Ak-Sar-Ben Floor Committee. I am also assistant manager to the legendary Barrett’s Barleycorn restaurant.
Aside, I am accomplished Nebraska Attorney. I was selected to the Nebraska Bar Association Leadership Academy Inaugural Class (2007) and served on the Nebraska State Bar Government Practice Executive Committee (1997-2007) and was elected to serve as secretary during their meetings. Additionally, I have previously served as Douglas County Deputy Attorney during which I served on the Nebraska Labor Bargaining Team.
I am an avid Ironman and triathlon competitor, qualifying for Ironman Canada Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon, St. George Marathon and Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. My desire to staying active helps fuel his dedication to serve on the OPPD board. I am married to Sally Nellson Barrett (director of Nebraska loves Public Schools) and together we have 3 wonderful girls.