LEXINGTON (August 3, 2023) – Although the potential merger between Dawson Public Power District and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is not currently moving forward, Dawson PPD’s board remains open to communication about the project. On Friday, July 28, Central’s board fell short of the number of votes needed to continue the consolidation process. Because that vote failed, Dawson PPD’s board did not vote on the merger at their regular board meeting on August 2.
Gwen Kautz, the General Manager of Dawson PPD, expressed her disappointment regarding Central’s vote but emphasized that the collaboration between the two districts has been strengthened through their efforts. She commended the dedication of board members and employees in communicating the mutual benefits expected from the merger. Kautz assures Dawson PPD customers that the district will persist in seeking opportunities that emphasize safety, keep rates low, contribute to the local economy, and maintain the expected level of reliability.
“Dawson Power remains stable, innovative, and committed to serving our customers. That’s not going to change,” explained Craig Wietjes of Riverdale, Vice President of the Dawson PPD board. “Our job as a board is to continue to study all the opportunities that could benefit our customers.”