NPPD hits record energy peak; continues to meet customer needs

June 29, 2012

Energy conservation encouraged

Columbus, Neb. – With reports of continued high temperatures expected past the Fourth of July holiday, Nebraska Public Power District continues to meet electrical demand from its customers. On Thursday, the utility reached an estimated record peak load of 2,687 megawatts, topping the previous mark of 2,671 megawatts on July 30, 2006.

“Our facilities and system have been performing well to match the high load levels we have seen lately,” said NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “NPPD matches its generation to its electrical load, ensuring our customers of a consistent source of energy. Personnel at our power plants, control center, and the technicians who maintain and operate our transmission and distribution assets are working hard to keep NPPD’s delivery of electricity reliable and at a reasonable cost to customers.”

When temperatures increase, as they have this week, electrical usage and demand increases. As a result, NPPD utilizes its diverse portfolio of generation resources – coal, nuclear, gas, wind and hydro to meet that demand. When necessary, NPPD also purchases power from other utilities to meet customers’ needs.

Kent explained that the high summer temperatures Nebraskans are seeing also can mean a higher electric bill due to the use of more electricity for air conditioning. “Customers may want to conserve energy and offset the potential for a higher monthly bill,” he explained.

NPPD encourages energy conservation that can help customers’ pocketbooks without causing discomfort from the heat. NPPD recommends washing and drying clothes and running the dishwasher during late evening; set their air conditioning thermostat up a few degrees or use a programmable thermostat; decreasing the use of hot water, closing window blinds to shade rooms from direct sunlight; and circulating the air in your home with a ceiling or portable fan.

“It is unusual to see these high temperatures this early in the summer, and predictions continue for a hot and dry summer. We would encourage customers to implement some of these energy conservation tips,” said Kent. “NPPD is committed to serving our customers’ needs at the lowest possible cost, and we owe it to customers to help them understand how they can save money, too.”

Additional energy conservation tips can be found at www.nppd.com.