Thirteen's the lucky number for Omaha Public Power District
(OPPD). A subdivision of the Nebraska state government, OPPD
generates and distributes electricity to residents and businesses
in 13 counties in southeastern Nebraska. It operates and maintains
its facilities without tax revenues and raises money for major
construction through bonds. OPPD serves more than 356,000 customers
in an area covering 5,000 sq. mi. The utility has a generating
capacity of more than 3,235 MW, which is powered by
primarily nuclear, coal, oil, and natural gas sources. It sells
wholesale power to other utilities and offers energy consulting and
OPPD is the 12th-largest publicly owned electric system in the
US in terms of numbers of customers served. The power district
provides retail service to about 50 towns and wholesale to five.
OPPD operates more than 15,500 miles of electric line.
The majority of OPPD's power comes from three baseload power
plants: North Omaha Station and Nebraska City Station (both
coal-fired), and the Fort Calhoun Station nuclear power plant.
In 2013 OPPD's revenues grew by 4% primarily due to a jump in
retail sales as the result of higher energy prices and an increase
in the adjustment for the under-recovery of fuel and purchased
power expenses. Retail sales growth was partially offset by a
decrease in off-system sales and other electric sales.
The company's net income grew by 1% that year due to higher
In 2013 OPPD's operating cash inflow increased to $168.71
million (from $151.73 million in 2012) due to higher net income and
a change in working capital as a result of an increase in cash
received from retail customers and insurance companies. This was
partially offset by higher cash paid to off-system parties for
additional wind energy.
Like other utilities, OPPD is pushing conservation and green
energy initiates to reduce carbon emissions with its customers
as a service to help them control costs.
In 2015 OPPD approved the future generation resource plan
created in June 2014, calling for the retirement of three of the
district's oldest coal generation units and additional
environmental controls. The plan includes a mixture of new programs
and expansion of some existing programs aimed at reducing power
The company is pursuing a goal of getting 30% of its retail
energy from renewable sources. In 2013 it announced a wind farm
deal (located northeast of O'Neill, Nebraska). The 20-year
agreement, the largest wind power purchase to date for OPPD, will
increase its renewable energy generation capacity to 817 MW.
It 2011 the utility announced that it was studying how to
support both the auto industry and customers regarding the larger
numbers of electric cars being introduced into its service
OPPD was organized as a self-supporting subdivision of the State
of Nebraska in 1946, although state power operations date back to