The holidays look different for everyone. While many look forward to embracing all the traditions and festivities of the season, others may struggle to make ends meet, depending on the generosity of others to provide for necessities and create a bit of joy in their lives.
As we celebrate Public Power Month, we do so with the knowledge that NPPD and our entirely public power state are excelling, thanks largely to our predecessors and the standards they set for our industry.
NPPD is seeing an increase in electricity needs as our customer communities embark on exciting ventures, new businesses take root, and electrification and smart technologies expand.
I’m pleased to welcome Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue to this joint blog where we will discuss the power of the state’s agriculture and public power sectors working together to benefit Nebraskans.
NPPD has its own road trip (of sorts) planned as we update our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). We’re doing this by evaluating which future generation resources are necessary to arrive at our destination of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 without compromising the very tenants of public power.
Supply chain issues are an unfortunate sign of the times. Whether it’s a longer wait to receive the new kitchen cabinets for your remodel, higher prices or limited availability of your favorite foods or longer Amazon shipping times, it’s something we’ve all experienced to some degree. Within the electric industry, we are facing similar challenges, and not one utility in the nation is immune.
If you’re someone who enjoys exploring the various communities that make up our great state, you’re bound to appreciate their endearing nuances and hidden gems.
Veterans Day, a time in which we honor the service of all men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces.
To any outsider looking in, Nebraska might be mistaken as little more than a flyover state. Pass through on the Interstate and one is easily under the impression it’s flat as a pancake with only cornfields as far as the eye can see. Spend a little time here, though, and they start to experience what true Nebraskans have always known.
Have you ever had the “Our town is great, but…” conversation with a friend? “Our town is great, but it needs a Target.” Or a bigger church. Or more housing.
Colors are so entwined with our psychological and physical health there’s literally a science to it. If you’re “yellow,” you’re scared. Maybe you’re a romantic who sees the world through “rose-colored glasses.” It’s why you paint your office green for improved motivation and focus, or why you’re pulled toward vibrant reds if you’re impulsive or passionate (hello, Husker fans)!
Thomas J. Kent graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2005. He completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kent is a veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the District in May 1990 as an environmental qualification coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station, and he has served in many positions during his more than 30-year career. Kent serves as a board member for several energy- and community-related organizations, including the Nebraska Power Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, The Energy Authority, American Public Power Association, Large Public Power Council, and the Mid-America Council - Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and is a past chair of the Midwest Reliability Organization Board of Directors and a past president of the RMEL Board of Directors, and he is a certified high school football official in the state of Nebraska. He was appointed NPPD president and chief executive officer on May 1, 2020.