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.

1. On Average Nebraska Homeowners spend $3.56 per day for electric service

2. Public power is not-for-profit and Nebraska’s electric rates are 15 percent below the national average

3. Nebraska’s schools receive more than $10 million per year from the 5% gross revenue tax paid by public power districts.
4. The Rural Electric Administration was established by an Executive Order signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.
5. Nebraska Senator George Norris was instrumental in the passage of the Rural Electrification Act on May 20, 1936.

6. Before the establishment of the REA program in the 1930s, nearly 90 percent of urban dwellers had electricity but only seven percent of rural dwellers did. By 1958, 95 percent of rural Nebraskans had electric service.

7. Public power and electric cooperatives brought electric service to rural areas in the 1930’s where investor owned utilities saw no profit in doing so.
8. The first rural public power district in the state was organized in 1933 in Gage County, it was the predecessor to Norris PPD
9. Roosevelt PPD in Mitchell, NE was the first REA-financed rural district in Nebraska
10. NREA member-systems serve on average 1.2 meters per mile of distribution line.
11. Nebraska’s state statutes proclaim that any new generation approved within the state must most economically and feasibly supply electric service without unnecessary duplication.

12. Nebraska is the only state in the nation served entirely by public power

13. Municipally-owned electric systems have operated in Nebraska since 1887 when Crete established its own generating capacity
14. Concurrently with the establishment of the U.S. REA, the Nebraska Rural Electric Association was established.
15. Gerald Gentleman Station is Nebraska’s largest generating coal-fired plant with the capability to generate 1,365 megawatts of power
16. Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems serve more than 260,000 electric meters
17. Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems provide electricity over 95,000 miles of distribution lines
18. Nebraska’s rural electric member-systems employ more than 1,100 individuals in some of the most rural areas of the state.
19. Did you know coal fuel is used to generate nearly 70 percent of Nebraska’s electricity?
20. Did you know 17 percent of Nebraska’s electricity comes from two non-carbon emitting nuclear power plants?
21. Did you know 4 percent of the state’s electricity comes from non-carbon emitting hydroelectric power?
22. Did you know public power is owned and operated by the ratepayers it serves?
23. Electric rates are set by a utilities publicly elected or appointed board of directors

24. There are more than 6,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 100,000 miles of sub-transmission and distribution line in Nebraska.

25. There are 8,000 Megawatts of electric generation in Nebraska
26. Nebraska’s coal plans are among the lowest cost facilities in the entire nation
27. Nebraska’s electric generation in 30 percent carbon free, 10 percent better than our neighboring states
28. All public power board meetings are open to the public
29. Public power is subject to the Public Records Act meaning you have access to the public documents they produce
30. $2 Billion has been invested in Nebraska renewable energy in the past 10 years
31. NREA offers annual youth programs including the Youth Energy Leadership Camp and the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour
32. The Rural Electric Nebraskan Magazine is among the largest distributed magazines in the state at 60,000 copies every month

33. Nebraska’s electric rates are cost-based and do not include a profit for the utility

34. Nebraska’s coal fired power plants burn low-sulfur coal from Wyoming
35. If you charge your smart phone every day it will cost you 18 cents to charge your phone for a full year
36. A megawatt is 1,000 kilowatts of electrical power (1 million watts)
37. A kilowatt is 1,000 watts of electrical power
38. In Nebraska, the use of coal as a generating resource for electricity, combined with the transportation of coal, collectively generates nearly $4.9 billion in economic output

39. Coal contributes $1.4 billion in labor income, and more than 22,800 jobs for Nebraska

40. Activity in coal-fired electricity generation and coal transportation industries generate about $142 million in taxes on income, sales and property in Nebraska
41. Furnace filters should be changed every 30-60 days
42. The recommended thermostat setting for your home in the winter is 68 degrees and 78 degrees in the summer
43. An old incandescent light bulb converts 90 percent of the electricity it takes to run it to heat instead of light
44. One 100 watt light bulb left on overnight costs a ratepayer $25 per year
45. Did you know fossil fuels come from ancient plants and animals
46. Did you know that squirrels are the most common cause of electrical outages

47. Electricity travels from the power plant to your home at 186,000 miles per second

48. Nebraska’s peak season for electric use is in the summer when temperatures are hot and farmers are irrigating
49. Annually wind generation turbines average about 40 percent capacity factor meaning they produce 40 percent of their maximum output
50. About 3 percent of Nebraska’s electricity comes from wind generation
51. Did you know electricity is delivered to your home at the speed of light from the moment it is generated?

52. 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.

53. Did you know that 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.
54. NREA’s rural electric member-systems are 100 percent wholesale power purchasers of electricity, they do not own their own power plants
55. The average monthly consumption of electricity on a farm in 1942 was 114 kWh
56. In all of Nebraska’s 77,000 sq. miles, there has not been a single privately owned electric utility company since 1945