Nebraska offers a menu of affordable electricity, attractive locations, ample incentives, strong work ethic, and a quality of life second to none. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is “dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Nebraskans through our people and other public power assets.” NPPD achieves this by partnering with state and local development corporations or chambers of commerce to help grow Nebraska’s communities.
NPPD is the state’s largest electric generating utility and is chartered to serve all or parts of 91 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. NPPD is a not-for-profit, public corporation and political subdivision of the state. The utility is governed by a Board of Directors, popularly elected from NPPD’s chartered territory.
NPPD owns and operates a diverse mix of generation facilities throughout the state. This includes three steam plants, a natural gas powered combined-cycle facility, plus carbon-free resources including the state’s largest nuclear plant, three hydropower plants and a wind energy facility. More than 5,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines make up NPPD’s electrical grid system, which delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans.
NPPD’s chartered service area includes parts of three metropolitan and all or parts of ten micropolitan areas. The 2010 Census population of the counties within NPPD’s chartered area was 1,150,391, with an estimated labor force of 632,202.
Agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy, and transportation and logistics are important sources of employment and wealth within NPPD’s service area. Major food processors have been drawn to NPPD’s service area by the substantial availability of raw material and the low costs to access markets provided by the state’s extensive transportation network. Nebraska’s fabricated metal products, machinery manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing businesses provide products to the state’s large agricultural sector and its rapidly expanding renewable energy sector.