Columbus, Neb.- Following several months of study by an ad hoc committee, the Nebraska Public Power District’s Board of Directors Friday authorized new boundaries for its subdivisions that would go into effect January, 2013. The proposed changes are subject to approval by the Nebraska Power Review Board.
The subdivision realignment reflects population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census. Nebraska state law requires that the public power district subdivisions must be approximately the same in population numbers. The proposed subdivisions, range in population from 50,000 to 56,000. The total number of proposed subdivisions remains at 11.
Legislation passed in 2009, LB 53, affected statutory provisions relating to who can vote for and serve on the NPPD Board. The statutory changes require inclusion of municipalities and other areas which purchase 50 percent or more of their firm annual retail or wholesale energy from a public power district, to be included in the chartered territory of the supplying district. Those not meeting the requirements may not vote for or serve on the Board. The areas being removed are served by other electric utilities. Customers of those utilities are represented by their respective governing bodies.
A total of 98 municipalities would be removed from eligibility, with some of the largest being Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings, Gering, Crete, Falls City, Fairbury, West Point, Broken Bow, and Waverly. Five counties would be removed entirely – Banner, Kimball, Grant, Arthur and Otoe counties. NPPD’s current chartered territory covers all or part of 91 of 93 counties in Nebraska, and would drop to all or part of 86 counties in 2013. These changes will remove almost 500,000 people from the District’s chartered territory. These changes will have no impact to electric service in the state.
Maps of each of the proposed subdivisions can be found at http://www.nppd.com/about-us/board-of-directors/proposed-subdivisions/.