BEATRICE – Nebraska Public Power District wholesale and retail customers will see no overall average rate increases, next year. That, after action by the NPPD Board of Directors.
District President and CEO Pat Pope says 2019 will be the sixth straight year the district has kept retail electric customer rates, flat. An NPPD news release says 2019 will be the second straight year of no increase for wholesale customers like communities, rural public power districts and cooperatives.
Pope says NPPD employees are continuing to implement long-term cost-cutting steps, without impacting service, reliability and safety for customers and employees.
The district in 2018 began a three-year project to install new advanced metering infrastructure for 90,000 customers. District officials say there’s early evidence that’s having a positive effect on costs.
Last November, the Energy Information Administration ranked Nebraska Public Power District 17th, for having the lowest retail electric rates among utilities nationwide.