Dawson PPD signs contract with Nebraska Public Power District
December 7, 2015 — Dawson Public Power District has signed a 20-year wholesale power contract with Nebraska Public Power District. The contract, which states that Dawson PPD will continue to purchase power from NPPD, was endorsed by Dawson’s board after nearly three years of discussion.
“When NPPD started contract negotiations, Dawson PPD was approached by several other entities who wanted to provide us with power. Continuing our relationship with NPPD was the best choice for our District,” says Dawson PPD’s General Manager, Gwen Kautz.
Kautz explains that the district’s 50-year relationship with NPPD, their structure as a public power district and their commitment to the state’s consumers were key factors in the decision.
“We’ve been working toward the best long-term option for our customers,” explains Dawson PPD board member, Pat Hecox of Gothenburg. “Current rates are very important, however another part of the process was to consider the stability of the organization. There is a lot of value in our partnership with NPPD. There are also safeguards built into the contract that will allow us to pursue other options if NPPD is no longer competitive.”
Dawson Public Power District buys wholesale power from NPPD. Dawson PPD then distributes this power to homes, farms and businesses throughout its territory. The utilities partner on sub-transmission project planning, energy efficiency programs, economic development work and energy education. NPPD also offers specialized equipment and technical support as needed.
Dawson Public Power District is a Nebraska rural electric utility system that serves south central Nebraska along the Platte River Valley. Organized in 1937, Dawson PPD provides service to more than 23,000 electric meters and maintains over 5,800 miles of power lines. The district’s 5,000 square miles territory includes all of the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo Counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier Counties. Dawson PPD also serves several villages including Hershey, Maxwell, Brady, Farnam, Eustis, Elwood, Eddyville, Smithfield, Overton, Sumner, Miller, Riverdale, Amherst, Odessa and Pleasanton.