Nebraska Public Power District

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Nebraska Public Power District
Type State Utility
Headquarters 1414 15th St.
Columbus, NE 68601
Area served NE
Key people Ronald D. Asche, CEO
Industry Electric Producer, Distributor, & Utility
Products Electricity
Revenue $780.7 million (2007)[1]
Net income $46.2 million (2007)[1]
Employees 2,100
Parent State of Nebraska

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is the largest electric utility in the U.S. state of Nebraska, serving all or parts of 91 (of 93) counties. It was formed on January 1, 1970, when Consumers Public Power District, Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District (PVPPID) and Nebraska Public Power System merged to become Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD is a public corporation and political subdivision of the state of Nebraska. The utility is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, who are popularly elected from NPPD's chartered territory.

NPPD's revenue is mainly derived from wholesale power supply agreements with 52 cities/villages and 24 rural public power districts and rural cooperatives. NPPD also serves about 79 communities directly at the retail level. Over 5,000 miles of transmission lines make up the NPPD electrical grid system, which delivers power to about one million customers.

NPPD's corporate headquarters are located in Columbus, Nebraska.

Power portfolio

Out of its total 3,067 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.29% of the U.S. total), NPPD produced 51.9% from coal, 26.1% from nuclear, 15.3% from natural gas, 3.8% from oil, 1.9% from wind, and 1.0% from hydroelectricity. All of NPPD's power plants are in Nebraska.[2]

Existing coal-fired power plants

NPPD owned 4 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 1,591 MW of capacity. Here is a list of NPPD's coal power plants:[2][3][4]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Gerald Gentleman NE Lincoln 1979, 1982 1363 MW 11,100,000 tons 31,135 tons
Sheldon NE Lancaster 1961, 1965 229 MW 1,848,000 tons 4,869 tons

In 2006, NPPD's 2 coal-fired power plants emitted 12.9 million tons of CO2 and 36,000 tons of SO2.

Coal lobbying

Nebraska Public Power District is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.[5]

ACAA set up a front group called Citizens for Recycling First, which argues that using toxic coal ash as fill in other products is safe, despite evidence to the contrary.[5]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 2007 Financial Report, Nebraska Public Power District, p. 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  3. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  4. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.

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