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Why Public Power?

Why Public Power?

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Affordable, Reliable, Customer-Focused

Public power utilities are responsive to the needs and desires of their customers and the communities they serve.

Listening to the wishes of ratepayers and other stakeholders, OPPD and other public power utilities have undergone swift transformation in recent years. This includes everything from adding renewable energy resources and creating a strong environment for economic development to spurring innovation and implementing cost-saving practices that help keep rates affordable. 

Nebraska residents enjoy some of the lowest electric rates in the country. In fact, Nebraska’s average kilowatt-hour rate is 31% below the average of those states with retail choice (Source:  U.S. Energy Information Administration). Additionally, in 2016 OPPD committed to a five-year general rate freeze for its customers.
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Public power has a long, successful history in the U.S. Locally owned public power utilities first appeared more than 100 years ago when communities created electric utilities to provide light and power to their citizens. 

Map Of Public Power UtiltiesToday, more than 2,000 publicly owned utilities serve more than 43 million people across the country, preserving this valuable asset and the local control it provides.

Nebraska has the distinction of being the only state in the nation served solely by publicly owned utilities, such as municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and public power districts.

In addition to local control, the common purposes of public power are to provide reliable, affordable, safe, not-for-profit electricity. Revenues are reinvested back into the utilities, as well as into community programs, scholarships and other local projects. Public power energizes local economies by providing jobs, lowering the tax burden and supporting policies that safeguard the environment.

What are the Public Power advantages?

  • Customers have a voice
  • It’s affordable
  • Reliability is our focus
  • We help customers use energy wisely
  • We’re not for profit and serve only our customers
  • We reinvest in our utility and the community

Public Power Video Library



Developer transforms 100-year-old power plant into The Breakers, urban apartments

NREA video recounts history of public power in Nebraska

Young family finds affordable utility rates attractive (Hasiak family – later this month)

Spp 101 Infographic ImageNews About Public Power

Nebraska public power is you
Mutual aid showcases the spirit of public power
Legislators deny bills targeting public power 
Senators hear testimony on two public power bills 
Bills in legislature will hurt public power 
OPPD again ranks high 
Jason and Laura’s SPP story and infographic
Laura's story from hearing

Other Materials

NPA public power brochure

Industrial Organizations

Nebraska Power Association (when will we have new link?)
American Public Power Association 
Southwest Power Pool