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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 [...]

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 [...]

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!

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 [...]

Do you know the benefits of public power in Nebraska?

As the General Manager of a public power system in Nebraska, Custer Public Power District, I know some of the history of public power in Nebraska. Being so close to the subject, I sometimes catch myself thinking that everyone knows as much as they ought to about Nebraska’s strong public power advantages and heritage. That’s [...]

We Have a Bright History–Let’s Tell Our Story More Often

The importance of public power in Nebraska

As the General Manager of a public power system in Nebraska, Custer Public Power District, I know some of the history of public power in Nebraska. Being so close to the subject, I sometimes catch myself thinking that everyone knows as much as they ought to about Nebraska’s strong public power advantages and heritage. That’s [...]

Protecting raptors is a part of the plan

Discoveries of large numbers of electrocuted raptors in the early 1970s prompted utilities and government agencies to start working to identify the causes of and develop solutions to this problem. Today, public power districts and electric cooperatives in Nebraska have detailed plans in place to help reduce raptor mortality.   These plans are called an [...]

A Day in the Life of a Lineman

They wake before the sun, pour steaming cups of coffee, and kiss their family goodbye. After swinging by the office to get the day’s orders, men climb into their trucks and head out. Our lineworkers form a solid team with one job: to deliver safe, reliable electricity. But that job can change in a million [...]

Youth leadership programs empower Nebraska students with skills to last a lifetime

Some people argue that leaders are born, not made. While it’s true that some people are born with certain traits that make them more comfortable in leadership roles, all great leaders need help developing their skills.   Many others who might not be perceived as “natural” leaders can become exceptional leaders if given the right [...]