NPA Utility Booth to Highlight Public Power at State Fair

August 13, 2012

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska’s electric utilities will once again sponsor a booth during the Nebraska State Fair to showcase the benefits of public power. Member utilities of the Nebraska Power Association (NPA) will host a booth that highlights energy issues, the benefits of low-cost power, and the importance of electrical safety.

“This is an opportunity to meet our customers, talk about industry issues and regulations, and provide information on electrical safety to people of all ages,” said NPA President Bruce Pontow, who is also General Manager of Nebraska Electric G & T. 

The booth will highlight the electric industry in Nebraska with educational banners and interactive demonstrations.  The “hot line show” or safety demonstration trailer will also be on hand to provide a first-hand illustration of the dangers of live high-voltage electricity and to educate the public on how to react in an electrical emergency.  The demonstration will be manned by various linemen crews from public power districts across the state.  This highly visible electric safety demonstration will be held daily between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The NPA booth, located just outside the Heartland Events Center on the state fairgrounds, will also have self-discovery items and hands-on activities. Daily facilitated activities from noon-3 p.m. will provide fun interactive opportunities for participants to learn more about electricity.  On August 28 and 29, the booth will be turned into ‘Nebraska’s Largest Classroom’ where attendees can learn about the transformation of energy, basics of energy, Power Drive, robotics, careers in the energy industry, and the Wind for Schools program.

The NPA booth will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 24 through closing day, Sept. 3.  Daily facilitated activities featured at the booth from noon -3:00 p.m. are as follows:

August 25- Robotics Day
August 26- Scout Day
August 27- Electrical Scavenger Hunt
August 28-29- Nebraska’s Largest Classroom
August 30- Nebraska’s Electrical Grid
September 1- Wind Turbine Build-off
September 2- Environmental Day

Nebraska’s public power industry formed the Nebraska Power Association (NPA) in 1980 to address industry-wide concerns and interests. This voluntary organization represents all segments of the power industry: municipalities, public power districts, public power and irrigation districts, and cooperatives engaged in generation, transmission or distribution of electric energy in the state.

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