Nebraska Public Power District

The Nebraska Public Power District (also called NPPD) was formed in January of 1970. Today, it is the largest electric utility in the state of Nebraska. The NPPD covers territory in ninety-one out of the ninety-three counties in Nebraska and was formed when three companies, Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District, Consumers Public Power District, and Nebraska Public Power System, merged into one. The merger also included some assets formerly owned and operated by Loup River Public Power District. Today, NPPD is a public company, and it is a political subdivision of Nebraska State. An elected Board of Directors governs the NPPD. These directors are elected by the popular vote of NPPD's chartered territory. The Nebraska Public Power District’s revenue is mostly acquired from wholesale power supply agreements between the company and more than fifty towns and twenty-five public power districts and rural area coops. These towns and districts all rely on the company's electric system and some of them completely rely on NPPD as their only source of electric power. In addition to these towns and districts, the NPPD serves approximately eighty communities. The NPPD electrical grid system is made up of over 5,000 miles of transmission lines that deliver power to approximately one million people in Nebraska. In fact, the NPPD prides itself on its ubiquitous position among the state’s energy supply, as illustrated by its slogan which reads, "Always there when you need us." The Nebraska Public Power District utilizes a mixture of different generating facilities to meet its customers' needs. One such facility is the Cooper Nuclear Station plant. The NPPD also uses three steam plants, known as Canaday, Sheldon, and Gerald Gentlemen Station. The NPPD also has wind generation facilities, a combined-cycle plant, nine diesel plants, nine hydro plants, and three peaking units, which are gas-driven turbine facilities that supply power during the times of heaviest usage. In addition to all of these facilities, the Nebraska Public Power District also buys energy from Western Area Power Administration. NPPD belongs to the Southwest Power Pool, the Western System Power Pool, and the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool. In 2009, the majority of the NPPD's energy came from coal, followed by nuclear energy, hydro, wind and gas. As a power-generating company utilizing large amounts of fossil fuels, the Nebraska Public Power District poses a health threat to the surrounding community without proper safety precautions. Aside from harmful emissions, employees of these facilities must remain aware of the materials used inside. Asbestos, in particular, poses a toxic threat to employees of these facilities because of its tendency to fragment into small particles that can enter the body and lead to a lethal form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, this material was used extensively in virtually all power-producing facilities until the 1970s because of its high resistance to heat, fire and chemicals. Current and former employees of these facilities are encouraged by medical professionals to receive a diagnostic checkup to ensure the early signs of this material’s presence are not seen. References: Nebraska Public Power District