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Getting into the Net Metering Weeds

Joe wants to save money. He has been approached by a salesman to buy a solar panel or a wind turbine. The salesman assures Joe he will “save money on his electric bill” and “make money selling extra electricity to the cooperative or public power district.” Should Joe invest? The answer depends on how dedicated [...]

Getting into the Net Metering Weeds2019-06-03T14:48:12+00:00

Celebrate Line-worker Appreciation Day on April 8th

The Nebraska Rural Electric Association is proud to recognize Monday, April 8th as National Lineworker Appreciation Day. This national day of recognition allows us to further honor the men and women who work to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state. Our state’s 1,350 lineworkers are dedicated to serving Nebraskans. Whether they [...]

Celebrate Line-worker Appreciation Day on April 8th2019-03-13T20:37:31+00:00

The Meaning of Public Power

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 they ought to about Nebraska’s strong public power advantages and heritage; since public power is such a big part of [...]

The Meaning of Public Power2018-11-01T14:55:11+00:00

Cyber Counter-Attack – Keeping Hackers Away From the Electric Grid

By Paul Wesslund About 3:30 in the afternoon on December 23, 2015 operators at three electric utilities halfway around the world in western Ukraine found themselves not to be solely in control of their computer terminals. Someone from outside the utilities had taken over the controls and started opening circuit breakers at more than 27 [...]

Cyber Counter-Attack – Keeping Hackers Away From the Electric Grid2018-05-30T18:15:33+00:00

Public Power Makes Positive Impact In Your Community

I love the feeling of being able to walk into my favorite locally-owned shop, restaurant or store knowing that the profit, product and labor can make positive impacts on my community. The spirit of main street is embodied in these local businesses, just like it is in your local rural electric public power district or [...]

Public Power Makes Positive Impact In Your Community2018-03-01T20:50:30+00:00

Why affordability matters to us

Affordability plays a key role in NREA’s “Working for Nebraska” education awareness campaign. The effort focuses on educating Nebraska’s electric consumers about the need to craft energy and climate change policies that will support a diverse mix of power generation while keeping electricity reasonably priced. We’ve always counted on our consumers being part of the [...]

Why affordability matters to us2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

Reliable electricity is a cornerstone of public power

Reliable electric service is a luxury we often take for granted. Unfortunately, we may not think about how important a reliable energy supply is to us until we have to go without it, like during a severe storm. For Nebraska’s public power providers, reliability has many components. Reliability is considered at every step of the [...]

Reliable electricity is a cornerstone of public power2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

The story of public power is worth remembering

Nebraska has the distinction of being the only state in the U.S. that serves 100 percent of its people with public power. All the rest have a mix of public power and privately owned companies. These companies are known as investor owned utilities or IOUs and they sell electricity as a way to make money [...]

The story of public power is worth remembering2017-06-27T18:11:51+00:00

Lineman Appreciation Day

On April 10th across the country we celebrate Lineman Appreciation Day. Lineman in Nebraska are responsible for keeping our electricity on 99.9% of the time in all sorts of weather emergencies and other accidents. Don’t forget to thank the people who keep your lights on!

Lineman Appreciation Day2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

Trust me, I can do it cheaper

            Having low-cost reliable power is a benefit of public power in Nebraska. All electric consumers want to have the lights work when they flip the switch. Now ask yourself do you care if that electricity was produced by coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind or solar? Is that important to you? Are you willing to [...]

Trust me, I can do it cheaper2017-01-04T22:20:22+00:00