Nearly every state in the U.S. has a public power utility, but Nebraska is the only state served 100% by publicly-owned utilities; such as municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, or public power districts. Public utilities exist to serve customers. Customer service is our main job. We believe in doing business the way you want to do business.
Not-for-profit, cost-of-service-based rates mean your electricity price includes only the cost of generating and delivering power to you. The result is Nebraskans pay some of the lowest electric rates in the nation year after year.
NPPD has kept electric rates stable for customers for ten straight years.
Surplus revenues are reinvested into the system -- the power plants, substations, and transmission and distribution lines -- to safely generate and deliver low-cost, highly reliable electricity and provide outstanding service to you.
U.S. News & World Report “Best States” report consistently ranks Nebraska as one of the top states for electric grid reliability.
Public power means you have a voice in decisions made by your utility. And because publicly elected utility board members or city council members live in the communities they serve, they carefully consider the input of the decisions they make.
Public power utilities exist to serve you. Period. There are no stockholders and thus no profit motive. That means Nebraska's utilities can focus exclusively on keeping electric rates low and customer service high.
Public power utilities can be an economic boom for smaller communities. Local payments made in-lieu-of-taxes help lower everyone's tax burden, and utility revenues get invested in programs and services that best suit local values and needs.
NPPD gave back more than $40 million in contractual and tax payments to communities in 2021.
Public power utilities place a high priority on superior customer service and quick response time. You can count on your friends and neighbors -- people who work for your local electric utility -- to always try to do the right thing for you and for their community.
Public power utilities constantly monitor the air, soil and water around power plants to make sure their quality meets standards and expectations. We are conservative in the use of state's waterways and protective of the land by planting trees, practicing soil conservation, and restoring the land to its original condition, if construction activities disrupt.
Public power utilities work with their local, regional and state economic development organizations to position communities and regions for economic growth, to assist with the expansion and retention of existing industry, and to attract new businesses.
Public power utilities help customers understand their energy needs and assist them in developing and implementing ways to manage their energy resources efficiently and cost-effectively.