Columbus, Neb. – After nearly a year of research, discussion, and input from its retail and wholesale customers, the Nebraska Public Power District has framed a picture of its future.
NPPD’s Board of Directors approved the utility’s new strategic plan on July 15, 2011. The plan, available for viewing at http://www.nppd.com/assets/strategicplanfinal.pdf, includes strategies and goals that give the utility the flexibility to address issues 10-20 years into the future.
One of the major challenges facing NPPD’s future is the uncertainty of federal regulations, many of which are unprecedented. Environmental regulations target coal production and others are focused on the future of nuclear power in the United States. NPPD owns and operates the state’s largest single nuclear power plant, Cooper Nuclear Station.
“NPPD is known for its diverse generation mix. Its variety provides the most cost-effective manner for serving our customers’ energy needs,” explained NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope. “Our focus on safety will continue to be our number one priority, but other goals of improving our financial position, securing the best workforce, and providing exceptional reliability and customer service will also remain central to our day-to-day and future responsibilities.”
More than 30 individuals reflecting NPPD’s customer base, helped NPPD research and analyze the future of the industry in eight specific areas: future generation technologies, potential changes in NPPD’s customer base, energy efficiency and consumers’ use of innovative technologies, legislative and regulatory impacts, as well as the industry’s changing energy markets, expected transmission growth, workforce needs, and financial requirements. Some of the customers represented retail communities like Kearney York, Norfolk and Plattsmouth. Others represented wholesale utilities that buy the electricity NPPD generates for resale to their end-use customers.
“The voice of the customer was truly a part of this process, and will continue to be a critical part of our future,” said NPPD Board Director Mary Harding. “Our customers will also see NPPD enhance its communications with them with the goal of more proactively seeking their input into the energy-related decisions which affect them.”
Team meeting summaries provide overviews of team progress and videos give insight into the process itself. Opportunities to offer ideas, suggestions or feedback to team sponsors through email or Facebook™ are also available.