Nebraska Public Power District
|Headquarters||1414 15th St.|
Columbus, NE 68601
|Key people||Ronald D. Asche, CEO|
|Industry||Electric Producer, Distributor, & Utility|
|Revenue||$780.7 million (2007)|
|Net income||▲ $46.2 million (2007)|
|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.
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.
Existing coal-fired power plants
|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.
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.
Articles and Resources
- 2007 Financial Report, Nebraska Public Power District, p. 3.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
- Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash DeSmogBlog.com & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.