Clean air advocates say the state should be spending more of its settlement money on electric vehicle infrastructure.
Some critics worry the change would create conflicts of interest as the agency promotes and regulates projects.
The 423-megawatt project would be among the largest in the country but it hinges on an interconnection deal.
The state’s largest utility is teaming up with a Finnish company to explore using hydrogen to make methanol.
Critics say the Omaha Public Power District should follow other utilities’ lead and commit to absolute carbon reduction instead.