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Public Power, Good for Business

Local control, not-for-profit, and reliable service are the hallmarks of our public power model.  It’s local people serving local consumers, and it works.  Beyond the electric rates that you and I pay for residential service each month, public power also has an important impact on the states business economy.  Public power delivers low-cost and reliable [...]

Public Power, Good for Business 2018-03-07T15:18:45+00:00

Electricity, What a Bargain!

The $30 I spent this week on Halloween candy was a reminder of how it seems like the cost of everything around me is going up.  My willingness to spend so much on candy has me questioning my priorities as I look at my electric utility bill.  The $3.60 the average Nebraskan spends per day [...]

Electricity, What a Bargain! 2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

How Long Can You Go Without Electricity?

  Last month the Nebraska Rural Electric Association participated in a table-top exercise looking at how Nebraska would deal with a long-term power outage.  I found the exercise to be extremely interesting.  After only a few days without electricity, depending on the season of the year, access to food, water and fuel quickly become a [...]

How Long Can You Go Without Electricity? 2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

Is Public Power That Great?

This month’s Working for Nebraska video features individuals letting us know that they think public power is great.  Do you agree?  As I watch the video I have to admit that this is a question I have not given a whole lot of thought to.  With family events, work deadlines, and bills to pay, thoughts [...]

Is Public Power That Great? 2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

Celebrate April 10th as Lineman Appreciation Day

The Nebraska Rural Electric Association is proud to recognize Monday, April 10th as National Lineman 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 April 10th as Lineman Appreciation Day 2017-04-03T19:36:11+00:00

Happy Birthday Nebraska!

Happy Birthday Nebraska! As I am sure you know by now, March 1st Nebraska is celebrating its sesquicentennial birthday.  That is 150 years for those of you reaching for your dictionary.  The Nebraska Rural Electric Association is very proud of our state’s unique history and we wanted to join in the celebration by contributing our [...]

Happy Birthday Nebraska! 2017-12-12T17:32:34+00:00

Public Power Consistently Outperforms Private Utilities

Has someone told you that privatizing Nebraska’s electric utilities would be better than our public power model?  We hope our new video proves otherwise. In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Rural Electrification Act.  Private, Investor Owned Utilities saw no profit in bringing electricity to rural areas so rural Nebraskans came together, formed [...]

Public Power Consistently Outperforms Private Utilities 2017-01-04T22:46:26+00:00

Go Interview Someone Who Was Around the Day the Lights Came On

Have you ever talked to someone who was around the day the lights came on?  As their generation ages, I had the opportunity to interview a couple that was around when their rural farms were electrified.  To say the least, their story was illuminating (pun intended).  The history and the photos were brought to life [...]

Go Interview Someone Who Was Around the Day the Lights Came On 2017-12-12T17:32:35+00:00

Rural Systems are Protecting Our States Bird Species

This month’s Working for Nebraska video covers a topic that isn’t often discussed by rural electric systems or known by the average electric consumer.  Our members are known for working tirelessly to keep the lights on, but we don’t always shine a spotlight on what we are doing to conserve Nebraska’s natural beauty and protect [...]

Rural Systems are Protecting Our States Bird Species 2017-12-12T17:32:36+00:00