Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) electrifies the Cornhusker State. The government-owned electric utility, the largest in the state, provides power in 86 of the state's 93 counties. The firm has a generating capacity of about 3,130 MW and operates more than 5,200 miles of transmission lines. NPPD distributes electricity to about 89,000 retail customers in 81 cities and towns; it also provides power to about 1 million customers through wholesale power contracts with more than 50 towns and 25 public power districts. In addition, NPPD purchases electricity from the federally owned Western Area Power Administration and operates a surface water irrigation system.
The company uses multiple sources, including nuclear, steam, mixed, wind, hydro, and diesel, to generate power.
NPPD's revenues comes from wholesale power supply agreements with 50 towns and 25 rural public power districts and rural cooperatives who rely totally or partially on NPPD's electrical system. NPPD also serves about 81 communities at the retail level.
Revenues for 2013 increased by 2% due mostly to rate increases and sales to other utilities. Net income jumped 30% on the revenue increase and reduced costs. Cash from operations followed suit and rose nearly $100 million.
Faced with growing long-term demand for electricity, along with pressure to keep prices low, NPPD has implemented plans to increase transmission capacity. With a goal of getting of 15% it energy from renewable sources by 2025, the company is exploring alternative fuel sources for future plants. With 45% of NPPD's energy supply coming from coal in 2011, the company was looking to cleaner alternatives, such as wind power and biomass in order to meet stricter environmental regulations. In 2014 it signed a deal to purchase wind power from Sempra, a move that put it within sight of its goal to have 10% of its power generation come from renewable sources.
NPPD was formed in 1970 through the merger of three public utilities: Consumers Public Power District, Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District, and Nebraska Public Power System.