NPPD’s Green Club

Want to be green? NPPD’s Green Club can help

A growing number of Nebraska Public Power District customers have expressed support for renewable energy resources for Nebraska – and to be greener when it comes to energy resources. NPPD’s Board of Directors established a goal for the District to have 10 percent of its energy to come from renewable energy sources, primarily wind power, by 2020.

ainsworth_greenNPPD is well on its way to meeting that goal. And now you can choose to become a little more “green”.  NPPD’s Retail Green Club offers customers the opportunity to support renewable energy generation.  This program is voluntary and allows customers who believe in the use of renewable energy generation to specify an amount of their monthly energy usage that will come from renewable sources. Many of NPPD’s retail customers value renewable energy – which currently costs more than traditional energy sources – and are willing to invest in blocks of Nebraska-based renewable energy priced slightly above conventional energy sources.

NPPD has long been associated with renewable energy with hydroelectric facilities in North Platte, Kearney and Spencer, and were the developers of the state’s first wind farm, located in Springview.

NPPD has established a green energy rate available to its retail customers across the state. An NPPD retail customer is any residential, commercial, or industrial customer who receives a bill for their energy use from the District.

Retail customers can purchase blocks of green energy representing 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.  The number of green energy blocks a customer decides to purchase does not change what they normally would be billed for under the appropriate base rate, but provides a surcharge to be added to their bill for green energy. That surcharge is NPPD’s additional cost to generate green energy.  A unit of 100 kWh is available currently at $1.80 (plus sales tax and bill adjustments as applicable) per block. That unit charge, which can increase or decrease, will be subject to change on a yearly basis, with the new rate typically being determined in the November time frame. Retail customers can purchase as many blocks of green energy as they desire.

green_solarFor example, an average Nebraska home uses approximately 1,000 kWh of electricity per month.  Purchasing three blocks (300 kWh) of green energy would add $5.40 (plus sales tax and bill adjustments as applicable) to the current bill. In this scenario, an average residential customer would be getting the equivalent of nearly one-third of their energy usage from green sources. To be 100 percent green, simply divide the total kWh on your electric bill by 100; this is the number of blocks to sign up for. Blocks are available in 100 kWh units only and cannot be broken down to anything less than 100. Customers will be able to enroll or cancel their enrollment to the program at will. Cancellation of the enrollment during a billing period will be effective the end of that billing period.

To support the use of renewable energy resources in Nebraska, existing NPPD retail customers may sign up for the Green Club via NPPD’s Customer Service Request; new customers can sign up via NPPD’s New Customer Service Request. You may also call us at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (275-6773) or visit any of our customer service centers.

Some of the most frequently asked questions can be found at FAQ’s.