NPPD Plans to Expand Nuclear Power Plant Capacity

COLUMBUS (AP) - The Nebraska Public Power District is planning to expand the capacity of its nuclear power plant in the southeast corner of the state and buy more wind power. NPPD's board approved those plans Friday. The utility says it will seek the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's permission to boost Cooper nuclear power plant's capacity from 800 megawatts to 946 megawatts. Expanding Cooper's power production will cost roughly $243 million. NPPD has had its license to operate the plant near Brownville extended to 2034. NPPD's board also approved a plan to buy up to 75 megawatts of wind power, but the utility hasn't decided which wind farm to buy from. Spokesman Mark Becker says the utility is evaluating a couple different wind power projects in the state.