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Winter weather brings danger of downed powerlines

Columbus, Neb. – As winter approaches, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) wants to remind people of the dangers of downed powerlines.  

Winter storms can bring a few different threats to powerlines including galloping, downed, and floating wires. Galloping wires occur when high winds force two adjacent power lines to hit each other, which may cause an outage. Floating wires consist of power lines that have been broken and are blowing in the wind or are not long enough to contact the ground.  

“If anyone comes upon a powerline down on the ground or blowing in the wind, they should stay clear of the area and notify their local power provider immediately,” says NPPD Vice President of Energy Delivery Art Wiese. “Broken power lines can have an electrical charge and are very dangerous if not handled professionally. They not only carry an electrical charge but can electrically charge any objects they are touching or even the ground around where a broken powerline is laying.”

If a broken powerline is lying across a roadway, motorists should not try to drive over the line or move it from the roadway. This could result in serious injury.  If a powerline were to fall on top of a driver’s vehicle, the occupants should remain inside, call for help, and wait for a professional to deenergize the line. If the occupants are forced to leave the vehicle because of a fire or other emergency, get to the edge of your vehicle and jump away from the vehicle, landing on two feet and never touching the ground and vehicle at the same time. Then shuffle your feet to move away from the area.  

Some residents may want to use a generator or grill to power their house or cook during a power outage. These should never be run or operated in an enclosed area, such as a garage, to avoid any potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. If having a generator installed, make sure it is done by a licensed professional to ensure its safe operation.  

NPPD customers can call 1-877-ASK-NPPD or go to to report an outage or damaged power line.

Time-of-Use program offers NPPD customers incentive to save

Columbus, Neb. - A Time-of-Use (TOU) program has been on the minds of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for several years and is now a reality for NPPD retail customers. NPPD retail customers are those who receive an electric bill and pay NPPD directly.

The TOU program, known as RateWise Time-Of-Use, offers another option for customers who consume most of their energy during NPPD's off-peak and super off-peak periods or who have the flexibility to shift some of their energy usage to different time periods. Depending on when a customer consumes energy, they can now choose from the following options.

  • RateWise Time-Of-Use – NPPD’s newest rate offered to residential customers, is based on not only customer energy usage, but also on when they use their energy. If customers currently consume most of their energy during off-peak or super off-peak periods or can shift some of their usage to these time periods, switching to this rate could provide them a savings on their monthly bill.
  • RateWise Any Time – NPPD’s traditional rate which offers a summer rate for use from June 1 through Sept. 30, and a winter rate for use from Oct. 1 through May 31.

“Interest in TOU pricing structures has grown significantly over the years, primarily because the pricing is often more in line with cost components of supplying electricity,” says NPPD Retail Billing & Systems Team Leader Lisa Willson. “Pricing varies over the course of a single day, over the days of the week, and over the seasons of the year.  We are excited to offer customers the opportunity to learn more about balancing their energy usage and with possible savings on their bill.”  

To help customers see if the TOU program would work for them, NPPD has introduced a new cost comparison tool within the customer portal. This tool will allow customers to compare their current RateWise Anytime rate to the RateWise Time-of-Use rate and determine potential savings. Customers can only access this tool by registering or signing into the customer portal on or the NPPD On-The-Go! mobile app.

Making the capability of TOU pricing available was the completion of Automated Metering Infrastructure installation in NPPD’s retail communities over the past three years.

Customers who choose this new rate have several options to realize potential savings such as installing a programmable thermostat and making sure the thermostat is programmed to use energy during off-peak periods vs. peak periods, setting dishwashers, washers, and dryers to run during off-peak times, as well as programming lights and other appliances to shut down when not in use.

To learn more about NPPD's new RateWise options, visit

Tom Kent to receive RMEL’s Distinguished Leadership Award

Columbus, Neb. - Thomas J. Kent, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), will receive RMEL’s 2021 Distinguished Leadership Award during RMEL’s 118th Annual Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention on Tuesday, October 19.

“I am very pleased to honor Tom Kent with RMEL’s prestigious award, the Distinguished Leadership Award,” said RMEL Executive Director Rick Putnicki. “Tom served our Association as President and as an officer of the Board of Directors for seven years. Anyone who worked with him on the Board will tell you that he’s an innovative leader with a keen ability to listen, discuss, analyze and find solutions to any industry or organizational challenge. Over the past 10 years that I’ve known Tom he’s always remained approachable and humble, and he is a true leader. Our industry and Association are lucky to have him. Thanks, Tom for all that you continue to do for RMEL, NPPD and for the electric energy industry.”  

The Distinguished Leadership Award is RMEL's highest honor. This award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated significant contributions to the electric energy industry, their respective organization, and an advocate for the RMEL Mission.

“RMEL has been a consistent high value source of education and networking helping the electric energy industry prepare for the future,” Kent said. “I have been fortunate to be associated with RMEL for many years as a participant in many of RMEL’s events and as a leader.  I am extremely honored and humbled to be recognized by RMEL and my peers in the industry for my contributions to RMEL and the industry.”

Kent was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, NPPD, in May 2020. He 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 has also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (“INPO”) reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Leadership at the Peak, and holds certification as a Situational Leadership® trainer. Kent is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of Nebraska. He joined the District in May 1990 as Environmental Qualification Coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station. He also has held the positions of Retail District Manager, Retail Regional Manager, Retail Customer Care Manager, Chief Information Officer, Corporate Planning and Risk Manager, and Transmission and Distribution Manager. He was appointed a Vice President in May 2011, and Executive Vice

President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2020.  

Kent served on RMEL’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2020 and was RMEL’s President in 2018. During his presidency, he led a major market research project for the association that set the course for RMEL and put the association in a very strong position to withstand the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, Tom’s work helped RMEL to seamlessly transition to a virtual and now a hybrid education model. He is very active in the industry and his community serving as a board member of the Nebraska Power Association, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nuclear Energy Institute, The Energy Authority, Large Public Power Council, and the Mid-America Council and Boy Scouts of America. He also currently serves on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and is the Chair of the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) Board of Directors.

Kent is a veteran of the United States Navy, and he and his wife, Dacia, live in rural Lancaster County, Neb.  

RMEL is a not-for-profit energy trade association that has served the electric utility industry with a variety of education and networking services since 1903. RMEL’s mission is: Preparing the electric energy industry for the future through education and networking. Once known as the Rocky Mountain Electrical League, the association officially became RMEL in the 1990s to better reflect a membership base that spans the entire country.

Nebraska Public Power District observing National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Columbus, Neb. - What is the significance of  this Friday, Oct. 8? It just happens to be 10.08 or the atomic weight (1.008) of hydrogen and marks National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

Nebraska Public Power District joins the nation in observing the seventh annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, marking the growth of the industry by raising awareness of the benefits fuel cell technologies and hydrogen energy provide in reducing emissions while driving economic growth. Hydrogen is already providing fuel, feedstock, and power to wide-ranging sectors of the United States.  

“NPPD is proud to join with other innovative companies observing National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day,” said Director, Generation Strategies & Research for NPPD John Swanson,

“Today the hydrogen and fuel cell industries are continuing to make its mark on America’s energy landscape.  NPPD has been evaluating usage of hydrogen as a fuel source and energy storage element for use in generation assets (current and new) and other fuels option,” Swanson continued.  “Additionally, we continue to assess additional options for hydrogen usage via our research and development memberships in the industry and through our annual R&D projects partnership with the Nebraska Energy Science Research Center. The continued growth of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies promotes America’s energy, environmental, and economic security as we work towards low and zero carbon national goals.”

Hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies offer a clear pathway toward low- and no-carbon emissions economic growth, while creating high-quality jobs and spurring advanced American manufacturing.  As countries around the world increasingly look to and use hydrogen as a clean energy pathway, the U.S. is uniquely well-positioned to take a leadership role. By leveraging abundant resources and a robust industrial sector, the U.S. hydrogen industry can spur American energy innovation and promote economic competitiveness.

For more information on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, please visit

Fall harvest an important time to focus on safety around powerlines

Columbus, Neb. - Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is asking farmers to exercise caution and safety around power lines this harvest season as they move their large equipment back into the fields.

Large equipment getting close to, or hitting, powerlines becomes a significant hazard during the harvest season, says NPPD Transmission, Distribution, Construction and Maintenance Manager Scott Walz. “If equipment operators don’t take the extra time to check for powerlines in areas where they are operating their equipment, it can be easy to make a mistake that results in severe or even fatal injury,” adds Walz. “If large equipment gets too close to a power line, electricity can arc from the line to the equipment.”

NPPD encourages equipment operators to keep their machines 20 feet away from powerlines to avoid the possibility of any electricity arcing from the line to the equipment. “Taking the precautionary effort to look up and look out for powerlines can promote a safe work environment, and our hope is that everyone working this harvest season can do so in a safe manner,” says Walz.

If a vehicle or piece of equipment is in contact with a powerline, contact 911 or your local power provider and remain inside the vehicle until help can arrive and deenergize 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 recommends farmers review the following safety precautions before entering the fields to begin harvest operations. Find more information on farm safety at

  • 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.

NPPD partners on groundbreaking ceremony in York for new Community Solar project

York, Neb. – Representatives of Nebraska Public Power District, The City of York and Solar Developer GRNE will hold an official groundbreaking event for the York Community Solar project located at 1214 Road 15 (York landfill), north of York.

The groundbreaking event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. and will kick off construction of the 3.2-megawatt facility. When the facility is fully operational, it will generate enough electricity to serve the equivalent of approx. 300-400 homes when the sun is shining.

“We’re excited to be a partner on this project that expands access to affordable renewable energy in our community,” says York City Administrator Dr. Sue Crawford.

The solar developer for this project is GRNE Solar, based out of Lincoln, Nebr. The site is projected to be fully operational in the spring of 2022.

In the event of inclement weather, a ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at the same time at the York City Auditorium.

Fall fishing at Keystone Diversion will not be available; NPPD plans maintenance work for the dam’s gates

Columbus, Neb. - Fishing activities near the Keystone Diversion at Lake Ogallala will not be available this fall as maintenance work on the gates of the Keystone Diversion Dam will be undertaken by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). Prep work for the maintenance project is expected to start soon so the boaters on Lake Ogallala need to be aware and take caution.

Water levels in Lake Ogallala will be lowered in September while a coffer dam is installed at the lake in front of NPPD’s canal diversion gates and the south river gates. The temporary dam will allow workers to undertake the maintenance task in dry conditions. Barriers will be installed around the diversion gates restricting public access for the duration of the project. over the remainder of 2021. The area around the diversion dam will not be open for the safety of the public.

Once the coffer dam is installed and the maintenance work is underway, water levels on Lake Ogallala will be brought back up to near normal operating range. Also, the Keystone Canal between the Diversion Dam and Sutherland Reservoir will be dewatered for inspections and canal maintenance work.

Nebraska Open tees off Thursday, celebrates 30 years of giving back

Columbus, Neb. - Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is preparing to celebrate three decades of supporting local students, as the 30th annual Nebraska Open tees off Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Elks Country Club in Columbus.

The Nebraska Open is an annual golf tournament and fundraiser, coordinated by NPPD, that has helped raise close to $1.8 million in scholarship funds throughout its 30-year history. These scholarship funds are given to the Central Community College Foundation to support scholarships for students attending Central, Mid-Plains, Northeast, Southeast, and Western Community Colleges.

“The Nebraska Open has provided a great opportunity for NPPD to support the future of our state’s workforce,” says NPPD President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Kent. “I’m always impressed at the amount of money raised each year that goes to help students in the communities we serve.”

More than 35 businesses are sponsoring this year’s event, including Wells Fargo, who returns as the title sponsor, along with national, regional and Columbus-based companies such as Behlen Mfg. Co., Kelly Supply Co., and Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union.

The Pro-Am portion kicks off at noon on Thursday, and is followed by the Nebraska Open, a three-day, professional-amateur, 54-hole tournament beginning Friday and concluding Sunday. Play begins at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The tournament is administered and endorsed by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska Golf Association and has been held at Elks Country Club in Columbus all thirty years.

NPPD crews heading to Louisiana to assist in power restoration

Columbus, Neb. – Hurricane Ida is slowly moving out of Louisiana and into neighboring southern states following landfall Sunday morning,  leaving that state with more than one million customers without electricity.

A 16-man contingent of line technicians and supervisory staff from Nebraska Public Power District will be hitting the road noon Tuesday, journeying to the state capital of Baton Rouge to provide mutual aid and restore power in a state that was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

The contingent from NPPD will also be utilizing a variety of equipment used in restoration efforts, with a commitment for two weeks to assist in restoring power for Entergy, which is one of the primary electric providers in the Pelican state. Entergy has approximately 1.3 million customers and as of Monday afternoon had over 822,000 customers without power due to downed power lines and structures.

NPPD crews are expected to leave prior at approximately noon Tuesday (Aug. 31) from NPPD’s York Operations Center (907 W. 25th Street, York) and arriving Thursday to begin assistance.

Nebraska public power utilities providing activities at State Fair

Grand Island, Neb. — The Nebraska Power Association (NPA), consisting of Nebraska public power utilities from across the state, will provide activities and energy education at its Public Power booth at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair, Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

The public power booth will include several activities for kids, information on solar and electric vehicles, and other helpful tips from Nebraska’s 100% public power system. The booth will include a Mustang Mach-E, Ford's first all-electric crossover, and various giveaways, including an all-electric lawn mower.

“Nebraska’s 100% public power system is unique and a tremendous benefit for customers in our state,” said Brian Newton, City of Fremont Administrator and NPA board president. “The State Fair is a great opportunity for the state’s electric utilities to engage Nebraskans on the benefits of public power and the many things we are doing as a state in a fun environment.”

For more information on NPA and public power within Nebraska, go to

NPPD hosting SunWise community solar open house Aug. 10

Ainsworth, Neb. – Residential and commercial customers of Nebraska Public Power District who live in Ainsworth will have the opportunity to learn more about the city’s SunWise community solar program on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at  the Ainsworth Community Building meeting room at 606 E. 4th St. The solar facility, already under construction, is expected to come online early this fall.

Ainsworth residents are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more about the project including the impact it may have on their electric bill, as well as all details of the program including portability and any specific requirements or restrictions, plus can ask questions of NPPD staff involved in solar development. Interested residents will also have the opportunity to sign up during the open house. Ainsworth customers will be limited to 10 shares they will be able to purchase. In total there are 224 shares available.

GRNE Solar, based out of Lincoln, Neb., is the solar developer for the 500-kilowatt project. GRNE will sell electricity generated by the solar facility to NPPD, and NPPD will resell this energy to Ainsworth solar subscribers at cost. NPPD already has existing solar facilities operating in Kearney, Scottsbluff and Venango amounting to approximately 10.5 megawatts in size.

“The community solar program enables NPPD to partner with its retail communities interested in pursuing their own solar projects,” said NPPD General Manager Retail Services Pat Hanrahan. “Under this program, NPPD works with the community and a selected developer to purchase the output of a solar unit. End-use customers can then participate in the program and pay for shares via their electric bill.”

The facility will generate enough electricity to serve the equivalent of approximately 75-100 homes when the sun is shining and will be known as Solar Bundle One, LLC. The estimated completion date is fall of 2021.  

Only those residential and commercial customers who receive a bill from NPPD are eligible to purchase solar shares. When shares are fully subscribed a waiting list will be developed and those on the list will be contacted when shares become available.  

Any shares remaining after the open house can be reserved by registering online at Customers may also call NPPD toll-free at 1-877-275-6773. NPPD will review all solar requests and contact the subscriber with more information, including the customer’s program eligibility, cost, number of shares available, etc. before finalizing the purchase agreement. Additional information about the program can be found at

Information forums on decarbonization scheduled by NPPD

Columbus, Neb. – What should  Nebraska Public Power District’s carbon reduction initiatives look like in the future?  

End-use customers of NPPD, and its wholesale public power partners (rural power districts and municipalities), can play a role in making that determination through a series of informational forums to be held during August.  Five forums are planned that will address the following topics: a high-level educational presentation on electricity today and into the future; what NPPD’s current generation mix looks like; what decarbonization is; and, factors to consider with decarbonization.  Additionally, the forums will include a public comment period for further public input on the topics and promote a public survey that will also be available online.  

NPPD’s Board of Directors is seeking to better understand their constituents’ opinions in three areas:  1) the risks associated with being a carbon emitting utility; 2) what NPPD’s carbon reduction goal should be; and 3) what principals (cost, environmental, reliability, resilience) are most important to customers  as NPPD works to reduce its carbon emissions.

“This is an opportunity for NPPD’s Board members to hear the thoughts of end-use customers who get their electric bill from NPPD, or from a rural wholesale public power utility, or wholesale municipality,” said NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent. “NPPD is continually transforming how we do business to power a sustainable future for Nebraska while keeping electricity affordable, reliable and resilient. We are looking at what our carbon reduction goal should be. Feedback from the public is part of that process in moving forward.”

The forum sessions will begin at 6 p.m. at each of the following  locations:

  • Aug. 11- Norfolk, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Rooms H & I, 801 East Benjamin Ave.
  • Aug. 12 – Seward, Concordia University, Janzow Campus Center, Cattle Conference Room, 800 N. Columbia Ave
  • Aug. 16 – North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College. Room 202 and 204, 1101 Halligan Dr.,
  • Aug. 17- Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College, Harms Center Plex, 601 East 28th St.
  • Aug. 18- Kearney, Holiday Inn, Ballroom II, 110 Second Ave.

“We have engaged the services of subject matter experts from the Electric Power Research Institute in developing the education material to present to attendees to provide them an inside look at various segments of the electric industry, today, and into the future, focusing on decarbonization issues from all points,” Kent added.  “Two key presentations will be made at each forum. One focused on priorities of electricity service and the impacts on cost, environmental impacts, reliability, and resilience and the second on the business risk of carbon and decarbonization.”

EPRI conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest, energy, and environmental research, they focus on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders, and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.

The survey will be available online, for public use, at Aug. 11 through Sept. 1. Feedback from the question and answer sessions and the survey will be analyzed by EPRI and the MSR Group and presented to the Board in October for further evaluation.

Scams targeting electric customers across the state

Columbus, Neb. – Scam activity has seen a sharp increase over the weekend and into the start of the week, as scammers posing as Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) attempt to steal money from unsuspecting victims.  

Scammers will either text or call a customer and tell them that they must pay their bill immediately or their power will be shut-off. If the customer pays a scammer using a green dot card, or other method such as wire transfer or gift cards, it makes it very difficult to track or recover the money.  

“NPPD will not call a customer and threaten to shut off their power,” says NPPD General Manager of Retail Services Pat Hanrahan. “Scammers will try to confuse or cause panic in order to get what they want, and it’s important for customers to know this is not how NPPD conducts business. If a customer is having trouble paying their bills, we encourage them to reach out to us.”

Scammers will sometimes spoof their real phone number to make it appear as an NPPD number when they are making calls. They will then ask the customer to call them back using a different number to make the payments.  

NPPD will not call or text a customer and demand payment or threaten to shut off a customer’s power. If you believe you are a target of a potential scam or are unsure if you are talking to someone from NPPD, hang up the phone and call 1-877-ASK-NPPD.  

More tips and a video on scam activity can be found on

NPPD seeing high interest in renewable projects for Monolith

Columbus, Neb. –  Interest has been high on a request for proposal (RFP) to provide nearly two million megawatt hours of renewable electricity by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to support Monolith Materials for its green hydrogen and carbon black operations in Hallam.

The RFP proposal, issued earlier this year, received bids for wind, solar, and energy storage projects.  The utility is in the midst of developing a short list of proposals from the bids received. Projects could be located physically within the Southwest Power Pool footprint with preference to those projects located within Nebraska.

Announced in January, in order to facilitate Monolith Materials’ proposed $1 billion expansion of its Olive Creek facility (OC2) near Hallam, NPPD and Monolith signed a letter-of-intent outlining the companies’ intentions to procure enough renewable energy resources to generate two million megawatt-hours annually.

“The approximately two million megawatt-hours of generation would create a sufficient number of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to meet 100 percent of Monolith’s average annual energy usage and meet their environmental and sustainability goals,” said NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent. “While we are adding additional generation resources, NPPD will continue to maintain our highly competitive rates, which was one of the reasons Monolith moved its operations to Nebraska. We are very interested in pursuing locations where the local community welcomes these types of investments in wind and solar projects.”

That short list is expected to be completed later this summer with successful respondents being notified this fall, followed by contract negotiations and eventual Board approval. Kent indicated that expectations are that all operations would be in place by Dec. 31, 2025.

A total of 28 different companies provided responses for a mix of wind, solar, storage and clean energy products.  This included 21 wind projects totaling nearly 4,000 megawatts, 33 projects for solar amounting to approximately 5,800 megawatts, and electric storage projects amounting to 2,200 megawatts.

The majority of proposals provided locations within Nebraska.

Norfolk hosts ribbon cutting for new electric vehicle charging station

Norfolk, Neb. - Nebraska Public Power District will partner with the city of Norfolk for a ribbon cutting event on Friday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. The ribbon cutting kicks off the availability of Norfolk’s first ChargePoint DC fast charger, located on the east side of main street.  

NPPD Account Manager Brittney Koenig said, “This is an important step forward and a great addition for Norfolk EV owners, and for visitors passing through the area. We are excited to partner with the City to add the charging station to help grow interest, satisfy demand for users, as well as alleviate hesitation to purchase EV’s because of range uncertainty and lack of charging facilities.  

The location of the DC Fast Charger is central and will be valuable for customers working and shopping in downtown Norfolk. The charger is easy to use and is an option for charging an EV in a short amount of time for those traveling long distances, and just 30 minutes of charging with the DC fast charger provides most cars with 70-75 miles of range.

The public and electric vehicle owners are invited to attend and learn more about EV’s and to get a sneak peek at NPPD’s newest EV vehicle, a Mustang Mach-E, a five-door electric crossover SUV produced by Ford.

Aurora hosts ribbon cutting for new electric vehicle charging station

Aurora, Neb. - Nebraska Public Power District will partner with the city of Aurora for a ribbon cutting event on Friday, June 25 at 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting kicks off the availability of Aurora’s first ChargePoint DC fast charger charging station, located downtown on the corner of 12th and N Street.

Aurora City Administrator Rick Melcher said, “This is an important step forward and a great addition for Aurora EV owners, and for visitors passing through the area. There is a lot of hesitation to purchase EV’s because of range uncertainty and lack of charging facilities. Aurora is excited to add the DC fast charging station to help grow interest and satisfy demand for users.”

The location of the DC Fast Charger is central and will be valuable for customers working and shopping in downtown Aurora. The charger is easy to use and is an option for charging an EV in a short amount of time for those traveling long distances, and just 30 minutes of charging with the DC fast charger provides most cars with 70-75 miles of range.

The public and electric vehicle owners are invited to attend and learn more about EV’s and to get a sneak peek at NPPD’s newest EV vehicle, a Mustang Mach-E, a five-door electric crossover SUV produced by Ford.

Energy saving tips as temperatures begin to heat up

Columbus, Neb. – Temperatures are beginning to soar in Nebraska and as energy usage rises, so will monthly electric bills.

Below are some simple steps that can be taken to help lower energy usage during the hot summer temperatures forecast throughout this week and in the future:

  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. If 78 degrees is too high for you, keep in mind you'll save around 5 to 10 percent on cooling costs for every two degrees you raise the temperature. Use ceiling and box fans to provide continuous circulation of air in a room. This creates the wind chill effect whereby the body feels cooler than the room temperature. Run the fans only when the room is occupied.
  • Limit using heat-generating appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher, etc.) until the cooler hours of the day or night. Do chores such as cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry during the cooler early morning and evening hours to avoid home heat buildup. Using a microwave or grilling outside can also help.
  • Unplug electronics, gadgets, and chargers, and turn off computers, monitors and lights that aren’t being used. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat.
  • If your thermostat is located in a hallway with bedrooms, open the doors. Closed doors prevent air movement around the thermostat, which can provide a false reading that causes your AC to run longer than needed.
  • Close curtains, blinds and/or shades to prevent the sunlight from warming up the room. Make sure furniture or drapes do not block your registers for supply and return air.

Additional energy saving tips can be found at

Construction underway on sediment basin for South Platte Canal

Columbus, Neb. - Work is underway by Nebraska Public Power District for the construction of a sediment basin that will help restore and rehabilitate the South Platte Supply Canal to recover from damages caused by flooding events.

Following two flooding events where NPPD diverted flows to alleviate down-river flooding, the South Platte Supply Canal was almost entirely filled with sediment, requiring operation of the canal to be temporarily suspended. The key focus of the project is construction of a sedimentation basin near the Korty Diversion, located west of Paxton. The basin will be constructed by BSB Construction of Curtis, Neb.

“The sedimentation and current temporary suspension of operation of the South Platte Supply Canal has prevented NPPD from operating the canal and has eliminated the opportunity to provide numerous regional benefits for present and future uses,” explained NPPD Corporate Environmental Manager Joe Citta. Some of those benefits include flood protection, increasing aquifer recharge, and multiple water supply goals.

The basin will reduce sediments that have historically deposited further downstream in the canal and lowered the canal capacity over time. Some of the sediment has also reached Sutherland Reservoir which causes reduced storage capacity, reduced water quality, and increased maintenance for NPPD. Previously, the South Platte Supply Canal has required extensive efforts to prevent and mitigate sedimentation and maintain proper operation of the canal.

The project is expected to return the canal to operation in a sustainable manner and eliminate future sedimentation issues. A dredge will be used to periodically clean the sediment basin, allowing full operation of the South Platte Supply Canal. Dredged material will be disposed of to not cause an environmental impact.

“In an over appropriated water-scarce area such as this, this project will be beneficial by providing improved ways to better manage the water resources,” said Citta.

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