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 management services.


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.

Financial Performance

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 revenues.

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 demand.

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.

Company Background

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 region.

OPPD was organized as a self-supporting subdivision of the State of Nebraska in 1946, although state power operations date back to 1917.

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444 S 16th St
Omaha, NE 68102-2247
Phone: 1 (402) 636-2000
Fax: 1 (402) 636-3229


  • Employer Type: Government Owned
  • President and CEO: W. Gary Gates
  • Chair: Anne L. McGuire
  • Vice Chair: Michael A. Mines
  • Employees: 2,300

Major Office Locations

  • Omaha, NE

Other Locations

  • Ashland, NE
  • Bellevue, NE
  • Blair, NE
  • Elkhorn, NE
  • Fort Calhoun, NE
  • Humboldt, NE
  • Louisville, NE
  • Nebraska City, NE
  • Papillion, NE
  • Syracuse, NE
  • Tecumseh, NE
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