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Irrigation OVerview

Answering your irrigation account questions

Is my well controlled every day I get a CODE RED text message? The same load management text messages are sent to all electric irrigation customers. A “code red” day will only affect your irrigation system if it is eligible for control that specific day. For example:...

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Special board meeting agenda

Dawson Public Power District and The Central Nebraska Public Power District Boards of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at the Elwood Civic Center.

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Merger documents and information

The following information is available about the potential merger between The Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District and Dawson Public Power District. Please call 308-324-2386 if you have additional questions. Consolidation Plan Schedule A - A list of...

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Irrigation Load Management Program

Dawson PPD offers a load management program for irrigation customers. It allows these customers to choose their electric rate by selecting a level of control that suits their needs. Control options range from “no control” to a few days of control up to a Seven-Day option. Rates decrease as the amount of control increases.

The program is administered by our wholesale power provider, Nebraska Public Power District. During times of high demand for power, NPPD will request that certain utilities control their customers’ electric usage. Dawson PPD uses radio-frequency devices to turn off the power to wells. Wells can be controlled up to 12 hours per day, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

By shedding load, Dawson PPD helps NPPD use our energy resources wisely. By eliminating the need to buy power on the open market and postponing the need to build new power plants, we are able to keep rates low.

Dawson PPD started its load management program in 1982. Today, there are over 146,000 horsepower of irrigation wells enrolled in load management.


The chart above shows Dawson PPD’s electric load on August 2, 2011. The demand for power increased until 9:00 a.m. When load control began at 10:00 a.m., the load dropped by 70,000 kilowatts. The red depicts the hours of control throughout the day. The green shows the load during times without load control.


Downgrading load management control options
Dawson PPD allows each irrigation account to downgrade to a lesser level of load management control one time during the irrigation season. The fee for this is $200 per account. The difference in the demand charges and the fee must be paid before the change in control is made. Changes are accepted during regular office hours.
Ending participation in load management during the irrigation season
Customers have the option to end their participation in the load management program. There is a $200 fee for this change, per account. The customer must pay the difference in demand charges between their current control level and the no control option, plus the fee before this change is made. The change to no control can be made during regular office hours.
Reconnecting an irrigation service on standby
There is a $100 charge to reconnect any irrigation well that had been in standby status. This charge is in addition to the horsepower fixed charges. Contact Dawson PPD for rate information.

If you need to opt back in to text messages...

If you have previously signed up for Dawson PPD load management text messages, then cancelled your subscription via text, you must opt yourself back in. Text the word “cancel” to 833-916-3432 to opt back in to receiving load management text messages.


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PO Box 777
Lexington, NE 68850


(308) 324-2386
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