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 352,000 customers in an area
covering 5,000 sq. mi. The utility has a generating capacity
of more than 3,220 MW, which is powered by 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 about 15,500 miles of electric
The organization boosted its generating
capacity in 2009, opening a second generating unit with 682 MW
of power capacity at its Nebraska City location, which allows
it to sell more power off system. OPPD also plans to boost its
generating capacity at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station by
about 80 MW in 2012.
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. It 2010 it offered its customers discount coupons to
buy "smart" (fluorescent) light bulbs, and in 2011 the utility
announced that it was studying how to support both the auto
industry and customers regarding the larger numbers of
electrical cars being introduced into its service region.
In pursuit of its goal of getting
10% of its retail energy from renewable sources by 2020, in 2011
OPPD reported that 4% of its retail sales came from green energy
The company posted an almost 6% growth
in revenues in 2011, driven by higher retail sales, primarily to
due a flood-related regulatory revenue adjustment and by unusually
hot weaker spiking power demand. The revenue growth outpaced
expenses, despite higher operating costs related to protecting and
maintaining the cOPPD's power plants during the flooding of
the Missouri River that year.
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