Affordable electricity benefits all Nebraskans. At a time when prices on everything seem to be climbing, public power remains a great value for Nebraskans. In fact, since 1936 electric rates in Nebraska have only gone up five cents per kilowatt hour.
The decisions governing electric utilities are made by locally elected board members. There are no profit-driven shareholders making decisions that will ensure the greatest profits, only local individuals that receive the same level of service as their constituents.
A reliable electric supply to our homes and businesses is a luxury we often take for granted. Unfortunately, we often don’t realize how important a reliable energy supply is to us until we have to go without it, like during a severe storm.
Did you know...On average, Nebraska homeowners spend $3.56 per day for electric service.Did you know...Public power is not-for-profit, and Nebraska’s electric rates are 15 percent below the national average.Did you know...Nebraska’s schools receive more than $10 million per year from the five percent gross revenue tax paid by public power district.Did you know...The Rural Electric Administration (REA) was established by an Executive Order signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.Did you know...Nebraska senator George Norris was instrumental in the passage of the Rural Electrification Act on May 20, 1936.Did you know...Before the establishment of the REA program in the 1930’s, nearly 90 percent of urban dwellers had electricity but only seven percent of rural dwellers did. By 1958, 95 percent of rural Nebraskan’s had electric service.Did you know...Public power districts and electric cooperatives brought electric service to rural areas in the 1930’s where investor owned utilities saw no profit in providing services to areas with small populations.Did you know...The first rural public power district in the state was organized in Gage County, it was the predecessor to Norris Public Power District.Did you know...Roosevelt Public Power District in Mitchell, NE, was the first REA-finance rural public power district in Nebraska.Did you know...NREA member-systems serve on average 1.2 meters per mile of distribution line.Did you know...Nebraska’s state statutes proclaim that any new generation approved within the state must most economically and feasibly supply electric service without unnecessary duplication.Did you know...Nebraska is the only state in the nation served entirely by public power.Did you know...Municipally-owned electric systems have operated in Nebraska since 1887 when Crete established its own generating capacity.Did you know...Concurrently with the establishment of the United States REA, the Nebraska Rural Electric Association was established.Did you know...Gerald Gentleman Station is Nebraska’s largest generating coal-fired plant with the capacity to generate 1,365 megawatts of power.Did you know...Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems serve more than 260,000 electric meters.Did you know...Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems serve more than 260,000 electric meters.Did you know...Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems employ more than 1,100 individuals in some of the most rural areas of the state.Did you know...Coal fuel is used to generate 70 percent of Nebraska’s electricity.Did you know...17 percent of Nebraska’s electricity comes from two non-carbon emitting nuclear power plants.Did you know...Four percent of the state’s electricity comes from non-carbon emitting hydroelectric power.Did you know...Public power is owned and operated by the ratepayers it serves.Did you know...Electric rates are set by a utilities publicly elected or appointed board of directors.Did you know...There are more than 6,000 miles of high-voltage transmission line and 100,000 miles of sub-transmission and distribution line in Nebraska.Did you know...There are 8,000 megawatts of electric generation in Nebraska.Did you know...Nebraska’s coal generation plants are among the lowest cost facilities in the entire nation.Did you know...Nebraska’s electric generation is 30 percent carbon free, 10 percent better than our neighboring states.Did you know...All public power board meetings are open to the public.Did you know...In the past 10 years, $2 billion has been invested in Nebraska renewable energy projects.Did you know...NREA offers annual youth programs including the Summer Youth Energy Camp in Halsey and the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.Did you know...The Rural Electric Nebraskan magazine is among the largest distributed magazines in the state at 60,000 copies every month.Did you know...Nebraska’s electric rates are cost-based and do not include a profit for the utility.Did you know...Nebraska’s coal-fired power plants burn low-sulfur coal from Wyoming.Did you know...If you charge your smart phone every day, it will cost you 18 cents over the course of a full year to charge your phone.Did you know...A megawatt is 1,000 kilowatts of electrical power (1 million watts).Did you know...A kilowatt is 1,000 watts of electrical power.Did you know...In Nebraska, the use of coal as a generating resource for electricity, combined with the transportation of coal, collectively generates $4.9 billion in economic output.Did you know...Coal contributes $1.4 billion in labor income and more than 22,800 jobs in Nebraska.Did you know...Activity in coal-fired electricity generation and coal transportation industries generate about $142 million in taxes on income, sales, and property in Nebraska.Did you know...Furnace filters should be changed every 30-60 days.Did you know...The recommended thermostat setting for your home in the winter is 68 degrees and 78 degrees in the summer.Did you know...An old incandescent light bulb converts 90 percent of the electricity it requires to run into heat instead of light.Did you know...One 100 watt light bulb left on overnight costs a ratepayer $25 per year.Did you know...Fossil fuels come from ancient plants and animals.Did you know...Squirrels are the most common cause of electrical outages.Did you know...Electricity travels from the power plant to your home at 186,000 miles per second.Did you know...Nebraska’s peak season for electric use is in the summer when temperatures are hot and farmers are irrigating.Did you know...Annually, wind generation turbines average about 40 percent capacity factor meaning they produce 40 percent of their maximum output.Did you know...About three percent of Nebraska’s electricity comes from wind generation.Did you know...Electricity is delivered to your home at the speed of light from the moment it is generated.Did you know...There is currently no way to economically store large amounts of electricity, so when you turn on your light switch a power plant has to be generating the electricity you will be using at that moment.Did you know...About 70 percent of your electric bill is the wholesale price your rural power provider pays for the electricity. The delivery of electricity, maintenance of infrastructure, billing, and overhead expenses only account for about 30 percent of your bill.Did you know...NREA’s rural electric member-systems are 100 percent wholesale power purchasers of electricity, they do not generate electricity.Did you know...The average monthly consumption of electricity on a farm in 1942 was 114 kWh.Did you know...There has not been a single privately owned electric utility company in the state of Nebraska since 1945.
Public power ensures that every citizen of Nebraska has access to reliable electric service at a reasonable price. From a business standpoint, given the rural nature of our state, this is an amazing feat. [...]
By Rick Nelson, Custer Public Power District general manager As the General Manager of Custer Public Power District, a public power system in Nebraska, I sometimes catch myself thinking that everyone knows as much as [...]