On May 11, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing the Rural Electric Administration (REA). Concurrently with the establishment of the United States REA, the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) was established to help bring electric service to rural Nebraska. NREA is the private non-profit service association for 34 rural electric systems that provide electric service to consumers in most of the rural areas and many of the small towns in Nebraska.
Together, the more than 1,000 dedicated employees of our member-systems serve approximately 231,000 meters across more than 85,500 miles of line.
Over the years, NREA’s mission has evolved to include a broad range of services to assist our member-systems as they face the many challenges of providing low-cost, reliable electric service to the sparsely populated regions of Nebraska. Today, the quality of electric service in even the most remote areas of the state equals or exceeds the electric service available in our largest communities. This achievement continues to be a source of pride for the directors, managers, and employees of our member-systems. Nebraska’s rural electric leaders will continue to be guided by their customer’s desire for safe, reliable, high-quality electric service at affordable rates. Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems are Working for Nebraska today, and we are confident that Nebraskans will continue to see the value in maintaining their locally-owned, controlled, and operated rural public power districts and electric cooperatives.