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Irrigation OVerview

Ag related damages are concerning

There were 26 ag related incidents that caused damage to Dawson PPD lines and equipment in 2021. The cost of the damage ranged from $289 to $4,645. The cost for these incidents was billed to the people and farms involved. “Damages to power lines and equipment is more...

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Phase converters: Magic solution? Maybe not

Starting with single-phase power and making it work for three-phase equipment can make projects possible. However, phase converters aren’t always a good solution. “Call Dawson PPD to talk about your electrical project before planning to use a phase converter,” says...

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Power factor used in 2022 billing

The horsepower or demand portion of the irrigation bill will be adjusted if an account’s power factor reading is under 90%. The reading was listed on the 2021 energy billing. Dawson PPD started educating customers about the use of power factor in spring of 2020. A...

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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.


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PO Box 777
Lexington, NE 68850


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