News Releases

5/25/2023
Clean, Drain, Dry, before boating on NPPD Waterways

Columbus, Neb. – Summer fun is getting under way, and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) wants lake goers to remember the importance of preventing the spread of invasive species before taking their boat back out on the water.

Lake Maloney, the Sutherland Reservoir, and a portion of Lake Ogallala are all part of the Sutherland Canal system, which provides cooling water for Gerald Gentleman Station and powers the North Platte Hydro. The canal system, which is owned and operated by NPPD, is fed from water out of Lake McConaughey and eventually flows to the South Platte River.

“It’s important for boaters to make sure they empty the water out of their boat whenever they are moving from one water source to another,” says NPPD Canaday, Water, and Renewable Energy Manager Kirk Evert. “When boats aren’t drained properly, invasive species that might be in one lake or pond can then be carried in a boat and spread to other lakes. Invasive species spread at a rapid pace, and If they were to get into an NPPD waterway, they could damage or cause issues at the electric generating plants that utilize water from those resources.”

When invasive species such as zebra mussels get into a waterway, they stick to every surface available and begin multiplying quickly, many times clogging intake structures and facilities.

Safety should also be front-of-mind when using NPPD’s water resources for recreational purposes, and the public should follow all regulations established and enforced by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Fishing along the Sutherland Canal is a popular activity, but the steep banks and fast-moving waters can be extremely dangerous if anyone were to fall in the canal.

As a safety precaution when fishing along these areas, it is encouraged to bring another person along or let a family or friend know when and where you are going to be there, and always have a life jacket when near the water.

5/22/2023
NPPD earns third consecutive Diamond RP3 designation

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has earned its third consecutive Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

NPPD is among 271 of over 2000 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation, and NPPD was originally honored in 2017 for the first time. “It’s a significant achievement to receive the Diamond Level RP3 designation and to be recognized among the best public power providers in the nation,” says NPPD Retail General Manager Pat Hanrahan. “it represents the hard work and pride our team takes in powering communities across the state.”

To earn an RP3 designation, a utility must complete an extensive application to show evidence of best practices in the four key disciplines, which is judged and scored by an 18-member panel of national public power experts. Utilities that have earned an RP3 designation demonstrate public power’s emphasis on achieving leading practices and providing a high level of service to communities.  

More information about American Public Power Association can be found on publicpower.org.

5/17/2023
NPPD announces final line route for Kearney Power Project

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has finalized the route for the Kearney Power Project, which will provide a necessary path for a new 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between two local substations.

“Public input was critical in developing the final line route, and we’re grateful for the community’s participation in the open houses and public hearing,” says NPPD Project Manager Paul Brune. “As we start the next step of the process, we will work closely with landowners to determine how we can best minimize impacts to their property.”

NPPD will soon begin contacting property owners along the route to keep them informed on the process. This will give them an opportunity to ask additional questions, provide any additional property information, and offer insight on land-use. Right of Way agents will also discuss right-of-entry agreements with each landowner which will allow NPPD to conduct environmental assessments, survey activities, engineering assessments, and structural spotting assessments. Crews will also be utilizing drones to conduct surveys along the route, in preparation for construction of the new line.

The City of Kearney is rapidly growing, and the current transmission system is facing high electrical demand. The approximately eight-mile long 115 kV transmission line will provide a necessary path between the Kearney TechOne substation on the east side of Kearney and the Tower substation on the west side. The new line will increase the system’s transmission system capacity to meet increasing demand and further enhance reliability and resiliency in the Kearney area. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall or winter of 2024 and to be completed in spring 2025.

A map of the final route and additional information on the Kearney Power Project can be found on kearneypower.nppd.com.

5/17/2023
NPPD announces final line route for Scottsbluff Power Project

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has finalized the route for the Scottsbluff Power Project, which will consist of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the areas two load serving substations.

“Public input was critical in developing the final line route, and we’re grateful for the community’s participation in the open houses and public hearing,” says NPPD Project Manager Paul Brune. “As we start the next step of the process, we will work closely with landowners to determine how we can best minimize impacts to their property.”

NPPD will soon begin contacting property owners along the route to keep them informed on the process. This will give them an opportunity to ask additional questions, provide any additional property information, and offer insight on land-use. Right of Way agents will also discuss right-of-entry agreements with each landowner which will allow NPPD to conduct environmental assessments, survey activities, engineering assessments, and structural spotting assessments. Crews will also be utilizing drones to conduct surveys along the route, in preparation for construction of the new line.

The approximately ten-mile long 115 kV transmission line will provide a necessary second path between the City’s two substations. The two substations are currently connected by only one existing transmission line, which is subject to heavy congestion. The Scottsbluff Power Project will increase the transmission system capacity to meet electrical demand, reduce congestion, and further enhance the reliability and resiliency of the Scottsbluff and western Nebraska areas. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall or winter of 2024 and to be completed in spring 2025.

A map of the final route and additional information on the Scottsbluff Power Project can be found on scottsbluffpower.nppd.com.

5/12/2023
Powerline safety important during spring planting

Columbus, Neb. – Farmers are getting back in the field for spring planting season and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is asking equipment operators to look up and look out for powerlines.  

Powerlines located along fields can pose a potential safety hazard for equipment operators who are not aware of their surroundings. If a large piece of equipment gets too close to a powerline, it can cause electricity to arc to the equipment, resulting in a potentially serious or fatal injury.

“Farmers are hard at work starting another planting season and we want to encourage them to keep safety around powerlines top of mind. Just like with our own team, it’s important that everybody can do their job and come home safely at the end of the day,” says NPPD Transmission and Distribution Construction and Maintenance Manager Scott Walz.

If a vehicle or piece of equipment is in contact with a powerline, call 911 or your local power provider and remain inside the vehicle until help can arrive and de-energize the powerline. When a powerline is touching a vehicle, it can electrify both the vehicle and the ground in the surrounding area. If a fire forces you to exit the vehicle, then do so by jumping away from the vehicle, landing on two feet, and shuffling as far away from the area as possible.

NPPD encourages farmers to review the following safety precautions before entering the fields to begin harvest operations. Find more information on farm safety at NPPD.com.

  • Each day, review all farm activities and work practices that will take place around powerlines and remind all workers to take precautions.
  • Know the location of powerlines and when setting up the farm equipment, be at least 20 feet away from them. Contact your local public power provider if you feel this distance cannot be achieved.
  • Use caution when raising augers or the bed of a grain truck or wagon. It can be difficult to estimate distance, and sometimes a powerline is closer than it looks. For large equipment, use a spotter to ensure the equipment stays a safe distance from the line.
  • Always adjust portable augers or elevators to their lowest possible level – under 14 feet – before transporting them. Variables like wind, uneven ground, or shifting weight can cause unexpected results.

4/28/2023
NPPD celebrating Arbor Day in Loup City

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will be celebrating Arbor Day by planting ten trees in Loup City.

NPPD will be planting five trees at Loup City Public Schools on Friday, April 28 and five additional trees will be planted around the city at a later date. Third grade students from Loup City Public Schools, will help plant the trees and will learn about power line safety, digging safety, and tree planting tips in addition to presenting the Arbor Day projects they worked on in class. The celebration is set to begin at 1 p.m.

“Arbor Day is always a great opportunity for us to work with the local communities we serve to plant more trees,” says NPPD Retail Account Manager Stan Clouse. “The celebration provides a great opportunity to teach local students about the importance of trees as well as the importance of powerline and electrical safety when planting trees.”

NPPD was recently acknowledged by Tree Line USA for the 18th consecutive year, for meeting the organization’s standards of training employees in quality tree care and educating the public on tree planting for energy conservation and appropriate planting near power lines.

The Tree Line USA program recognizes electric utilities that demonstrate practices which protect and enhance America’s rural and urban trees. NPPD’s membership in the Tree Line USA program, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, provides an avenue to help promote the safety and reliability of power lines through public education programs about the proper planting of trees and vegetation.

4/18/2023
Water to start flowing in Kearney Canal

Columbus, Neb. – Spring is upon us, and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is preparing to return water to the Kearney Canal.

The canal, which runs along the western and southern sides of Kearney, is emptied every year before winter so crews can conduct maintenance activities. Water is typically returned to the canal in mid-April as the average temperatures begin to warm up.

“The canal is currently empty outside of some standing ground water,” says NPPD Water Systems Maintenance Technician Mike Koubek. “There are many people that live or do activities along or downstream of the canal system, and we want to make sure they are aware water will soon start flowing through the system again.”

NPPD is planning to start releasing water into the canal system beginning Wednesday, April 19, and water will fill the canal over the course of several days, adds Koubek. NPPD then plans to dewater the canal again in September, so water systems crews can conduct necessary maintenance on the system.  

The Kearney Canal is used for irrigation and feeds into the Kearney Hydro, a 1-megawatt hydro generation facility located near 15th Avenue and University Drive.

4/7/2023
NPPD installing injection well near GGS

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) wants area landowners to be aware of work being completed to install a new well near Gerald Gentleman Station (GGS).

Residents in the area may notice a drilling rig setup south of the plant, which will be used to drill a new deep injection well. “The well will be used for the injection of non-hazardous wastewater from GGS and is expected to inject wastewater 3,000 to 3,500 feet below the ground,” adds GGS Station Manager Gerry Phelps. “This is thousands of feet below, and geologically isolated from, the usable ground water reservoirs which supply water for drinking, agriculture and industry.”

NPPD has worked closely with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy who issued a Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well permit for the project.

As a part of the process to install the new deep injection well, NPPD installed a monitoring well in 2017 to gather data and verify the subsurface geology needed for the design and permitting of the deep injection well.

4/6/2023
NPPD Board Director Fred Christensen passes away

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District Subdivision 11 Board Director Fred Christensen passed away Friday, March 31 at the age of 77.

Director Christensen, of rural Lyons, passed away at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. Director Christensen has served on NPPD’s Board since2013 and was over halfway into serving his second 6-year term. Prior to serving on NPPD’s Board, Christensen served on the Burt County Public Power District Board of Directors.

“We were all saddened to learn of Fred’s passing, and we are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. Fred’s presence on the board will be missed along with the service he provided to our customers,” says NPPD Board Chair Jerry Chlopek.

In accordance with Nebraska statutes, the vacated seat will be filled through an appointment by Governor Pillen. The appointed board member will serve through December 2024, which coincides with the end of Christensen’s 6-year term.

The Subdivision 11 chartered territory represents certain areas within 9 counties in the northeastern corner of the state. More information on NPPD’s Board of Directors, and the territories they serve, can be found on NPPD.com.

Director Christensen’s obituary can be viewed on pelanfuneralservices.com.

3/30/2023
NPPD reminds customers to stay clear of downed powerlines during severe weather

Columbus, Neb. – As severe weather season approaches, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reminds customers to be aware of the dangers of downed powerlines.

Tornadoes can bring down transmission lines typically located in rural areas, but trees damaged by tornadoes or high wind conditions can come down on local distribution lines, creating a power outage to residents in the area. In addition to any power outages these storms may cause, it’s important that customers are aware of the dangers downed power lines can pose.

"A powerline lying on the ground or over a roadway can charge the ground around it with electricity, potentially causing a fatal situation for anyone getting too close to that line," said NPPDT&D Construction & Maintenance Manager Scott Walz. "It's important to stress that if you see or hear of a downed powerline, to avoid the area and call the local power utility or 911."

If you are in a car and a powerline or power pole has fallen on it, stay in the car until public power utility personnel arrive on the scene. If remaining in the car is not an option due to a fire or other unsafe conditions, jump clear of the vehicle so that you land upright with your feet touching the ground together, and then shuffle away from the area.

Tipson safety precautions during a power outage are available at https://nppd.com/outages-safety/electrical-safety.

3/20/2023
NPPD beginning wood pole inspections across state

Columbus, Neb. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has contracted with Alamon Utility Services and Osmose Utility Services to inspect wood poles on its distribution system and sub transmission and transmission facilities during the calendar year 2023.  

Crews from the contractors are expected to begin inspections this week and aim to complete the work in June.

This process involves ground line excavation, inspection, and rehabilitation treatment. Crews will be dressed in high visibility vests and will be traveling from pole to pole in a UTV. Communities that will be inspected include, Chadron, Dakota City, Hartington, Homer, McCook, Pine Ridge, and Scottsbluff, plus various transmission and sub transmission lines across the state.

The inspection program is a proactive approach to finding poles with decay before it’s too late and the poles fall.  NPPD will have 10,807 poles inspected this year.

Anyone who has questions relating to this activity, please call 1-877-ASK-NPPD (275-6773). A customer service representative will then contact the necessary NPPD personnel to address any issues.

3/10/2023
Governor to appoint NPPD board seat, following resignation

Columbus, Neb. – A seat on the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Board of Directors will be appointed by Governor Jim Pillen, following the resignation of Subdivision 5 Director Charlie Kennedy.

Director Kennedy, of Scottsbluff, submitted a letter of resignation, which was accepted on a unanimous vote by NPPD’s board during Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Director Kennedy took office in January 2019. “I want to wish Director Kennedy the best and thank him for his service to the District, our customers, and his constituents in Subdivision 5,” says NPPD Board Chair Jerry Chlopek.

In accordance with Nebraska statutes, the vacated seat will be filled through an appointment by Governor Pillen. The appointed board member will serve through December 2024, which coincides with the end of Kennedy’s 6-year term.

The Subdivision 5 chartered territory represents certain areas within 21 counties in the western half of the state. More information on NPPD’s Board of Directors, and the territories they serve, can be found on NPPD.com.

3/3/2023
NPPD holding public meetings to share draft IRP

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will be hosting public meetings in communities across the state, both in-person and online, to share a draft of the District’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

NPPD puts together an IRP every five years to analyze what the district’s generation mix may look like in the future. “The IRP is a great tool for our board members and leadership team, but it is not a concrete plan for NPPD’s future generation mix,” says NPPD Resource Planning and Risk Manager Jim Fehr. “As we move through the next several decades it’s possible new technologies and advancements could impact our generation mix. This IRP is intended to identify directionally correct resource plans to meet NPPD’s projected future electric load and ensure reliable, resilient, affordable, and sustainable service to our customers, under a range of conditions.”

NPPD will present the draft of the IRP to attendees at the meetings, followed by an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback. The public meetings will be held from 6-8 P.M. CST at the Holiday Inn in Kearney on March 21, the Best Western Plus Hotel in North Platte on March 22, The Holthus Convention Center in York on March 23, and at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk on March 28.

A fifth virtual meeting will be streamed live on nppd.com/IRP on March 29, from 6-8 P.M. CST. If customers are unable to watch the virtual meeting from home, it will also be streamed live at the City clerk’s office in Ainsworth, the Sheridan Training Center in Auburn, the Custer Public Power District Office in Broken Bow, the Cedar-Knox Public Power District Office in Hartington, the Cobblestone Inn in McCook, and at the NPPD offices in Columbus, Chadron, Plattsmouth, and Scottsbluff.  

Customers who do not attend a meeting can review the draft IRP and provide feedback, at a time that works best for them, using the same website listed above. A recording of the virtual meeting will be available to view after March 29. All feedback will need to be submitted by April 12.

“Getting customer feedback is an important part of developing an IRP, and I hope customers will take the time to either attend one of the meetings or take advantage of the online options to watch or review the presentation and provide feedback,” adds Fehr.

2/28/2023
NPPD to Host Public Hearing March 14 for Scottsbluff Power Project

Columbus, Neb. — Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will hold a public hearing for the Scottsbluff Power Project March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.

NPPD has identified a proposed route for a new 115 kV transmission line from the Scottsbluff substation to the Victory Hill substation. The new line will increase the transmission system capacity to meet electrical demand, reduce congestion, and further enhance the reliability and resiliency of the Scottsbluff and western Nebraska areas. The project is in the third phase, in which NPPD hosts a public hearing in order to present the proposed route. Property owners along the proposed route were mailed a certified letter invitation to the public hearing.  

One hour prior to the hearing an open house will be offered and will be self-paced, so attendees have time to visit with the project team. Similar to the previous open houses held in September and November 2022, this will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the project. A self-paced virtual open house will be available March 14 through April 13 at scottsbluffpower.nppd.com.

The public hearing, required under Nebraska statutes, is conducted to present the proposed transmission project. A court reporter will be used to document all presentations by Nebraska Public Power District as well as public comments and questions.

The formal hearing will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation from authorized NPPD representatives. The presentation will discuss the project need, engineering aspects, line route selections, and the easement acquisition process. NPPD will take questions and comments at the conclusion of the formal hearing.

Once the public hearing concludes, there will be a 30-day comment period. Sometime after the comment period, NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners to discuss right-of-entry where needed to conduct initial activities on the property. These activities include surveys of the proposed easement areas as well as appraisal work. After engineering is complete, right-of-way agents will meet with landowners to fully explain the project as it relates to their specific property and explain terms and conditions of the easement needed for the line. NPPD strives for fair and respectful treatment of affected landowners during the entire process.

For more information about the Scottsbluff Power Project, including newsletters and a map of the proposed route, visit scottsbluffpower.nppd.com.

2/28/2023
NPPD to Host Public Hearing March 13 for Kearney Power Project

Columbus, Neb. — Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will hold a public hearing for the Kearney Power Project, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.

NPPD has identified a proposed route for a new 115 kV transmission line from the Kearney TechOne substation on the east side of the city, to the Tower substation on the west side. The new line will increase the transmission system’s capacity to meet growing demand and further enhance reliability and resiliency in the Kearney area. The project is in the third phase, in which NPPD hosts a public hearing in order to present the proposed route. Property owners along the proposed route were mailed a certified letter invitation to the public hearing.  

One hour prior to the hearing an open house will be offered and will be self-paced, so attendees have time to visit with the project team. Similar to the previous open houses held in September and November 2022, this will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the project. A self-paced virtual open house will also be available March 13 through April 12 at kearneypower.nppd.com.

The public hearing, required under Nebraska statutes, is conducted to present the proposed transmission project. A court reporter will be used to document all presentations by Nebraska Public Power District as well as public comments and questions.  

The formal hearing will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation from authorized NPPD representatives. The presentation will discuss the project need, engineering aspects, line route selections, and the easement acquisition process. NPPD will take questions and comments at the conclusion of the formal hearing.  

Once the public hearing concludes, there will be a 30-day comment period. Sometime after the comment period, NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners to discuss right-of-entry where needed to conduct initial activities on the property. These activities include surveys of the proposed easement areas as well as appraisal work. After engineering is complete, right-of-way agents will meet with landowners to fully explain the project as it relates to their specific property and explain terms and conditions of the easement needed for the line. NPPD strives for fair and respectful treatment of affected landowners during the entire process.

For more information about the Kearney Power Project, including newsletters and a map of the proposed route, visit kearneypower.nppd.com.

1/13/2023
NPPD beginning Siting Study for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is beginning the process of studying sites that could have the potential to host advanced small modular nuclear reactors.

Advanced small modular reactors are a new type of nuclear reactor being designed, that are more scalable and have more refined safety features, than the commercial nuclear reactors currently operating today.

Under legislative bill 1014, the State of Nebraska allocated $1 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to complete a siting study for small modular reactors. As an owner of a current operating nuclear power plant, Cooper Nuclear Station, NPPD qualified to apply for these funds to complete the siting study. NPPD’s application for funding was approved by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development on January 6.

“We are very excited to be a part of this process,” says NPPD Generation Research Senior Program Manager Roman Estrada. “We are always looking at new technologies and what innovations are being made in the field of energy generation. This study will not result in the immediate construction of an advanced small modular reactor, but it will give us a great look at potential areas in the state where this technology could be sited.”

The first phase of the siting study involves doing a Nebraska-wide assessment to determine the 15 best locations for siting small modular reactors based on geographic data and preliminary licensing criteria. Some of the key criteria being considered will be access to water and transmission lines among many others. This phase is estimated to be completed in spring of 2023.

The second phase of the study will perform a more in-depth evaluation and will focus on reducing the number of sites from 15 to four. This effort includes detailed field environmental and constructability evaluations based on criteria used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) when licensing nuclear plants. This phase of the study is estimated to take approximately a year to complete.

NPPD will be completing the study with the help of engineering firm, Burns & McDonnell, who has experience in the development and design of advanced small modular reactors.

1/12/2023
NPPD Board of Directors elect officers

Columbus, Neb. – The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Board of Directors elected officers for 2023 during Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting in Columbus.

Jerry Chlopek of Columbus, elected to serve as Chair in 2022, will continue to serve as Chair of NPPD’s Board of Directors for 2023. Wayne Williams of Central City was elected to serve as first vice chair, Ed Schrock of Holdrege/Elm Creek will serve as second vice chair for a second year, and Aaron Troester of O’Neill was elected as secretary. NPPD Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Laura Kapustka will continue to serve as treasurer.

“I look forward to continue serving as Board Chair, as we celebrate a decade of stable rates for retail customers and six consecutive years of stable rates for wholesale customers,” says Chlopek. “There is a lot to be proud of with NPPD’s performance in 2022, and we move into the new year with a continued focus on bringing the best of public power to all of our customers.”

Chlopek, who represents Subdivision 9, has served on the NPPD board since 2009. Previously he served as first vice chair in 2021 and has served as Secretary for a total of seven years. Chlopek worked for Cornhusker Public Power District for more than 40 years, retiring in 2009 as the utility’s Operations Director. A graduate of Genoa High School, Jerry served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army Reserve.

Chlopek represents Subdivision 9 which consists of Butler, Platte, and Polk Counties.

The Board of Directors also appointed Donna Starzec as assistant treasurer, and Cristal Menke as deputy assistant treasurer. Jan Modelski was re-appointed as assistant secretary, and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary. All are from Columbus.

12/8/2022
NPPD low rates to remain steady, following board vote

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) customers will see steady rates in 2023, in addition to receiving a production cost adjustment credit, following a vote by the board of directors Thursday.

NPPD retail customers will experience 10 consecutive years of stable rates, while wholesale customers who purchase electricity from NPPD will also see no overall rate increase for the sixth straight year. In addition to maintaining stable rates, the NPPD Board of Directors has voted to share approximately $34 million with wholesale customers in the form of a Production Cost Adjustment (PCA) credit. This is the fifth consecutive year that NPPD’s wholesale customers will receive a PCA credit on their bill.  

“In a time where inflation has impacted a lot of areas in our day-to-day lives, NPPD’s rates are one expense our customers have seen remain steady,” notes NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent. “Thanks to the diversity of our generation mix and the great performance of our people and plants, we’ve been able to perform well in the market and return a surplus back to our customers through a PCA credit, for several consecutive years. NPPD’s success in the market results in direct benefits to our wholesale and retail customers, through continued low rates, PCA credits and reinvestments in our infrastructure and equipment. It’s the true value of the public power model.”

NPPD benchmarks its wholesale rate with roughly 800 members of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) on a yearly basis. Several years ago, NPPD established a goal of having its rates in the CFC’s lowest cost quartile (below the 25-percentile mark) and achieved that goal in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, NPPD finished at the 23.2-percentile mark and most recently in 2021 improved to the 12.4-percentile, ranking it amongst the lowest-cost utilities in the benchmark. NPPD serves 23 rural public power districts and 38 municipalities through wholesale contracts.

NPPD also serves 79 communities at the retail level, which includes residential, commercial, and industrial customers in communities such as Kearney, Norfolk, Plattsmouth, Scottsbluff, and York. Those NPPD retail customers who receive a bill directly from NPPD will continue to see a PCA credit on their monthly bill in 2023.  

NPPD also offers a separate RateWise Time-of-Use rate to retail residential customers, which allows them to realize potential savings if they can shift a portion of their energy usage to certain times of the day where demand for energy is lower and market prices are more favorable. Learn more about this program at https://nppd.com/ratewise.

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