January 7, 2014
Frigid temperatures helped drive up Nebraskans' energy use, causing the Nebraska Public Power District to set a likely new all time-winter peak for generating electricity .
Between the hour of 7 and 8 a.m., on Monday, January 6th, NPPD generated an estimated 2,256 megawatts of electricity to meet customers' demand. The utility's previous all-time winter peak was 2,219 megawatts set in December of 2009.
'NPPD was able to meet this highest level of demand, in part, due to our steady and stable supply of power generated by our nuclear and coal-fired facilities,' said President & CEO Pat Pope. 'But the wind also worked in our favor, contributing more than 216 megawatts for NPPD during the time of peak demand.'
NPPD also has hydropower resources and a natural gas, combined-cycle plant, however, due to widespread extreme cold and the high demand for natural gas for home heating and other purposes, NPPD did not operate its natural gas generation because the fuel costs were up more than 300 percent over typical prices.
'Nebraskans benefit from NPPD's diverse portfolio of generating resources,' said Pope. 'Using a combination of fuels means we deliver electricity using the lowest cost resources while maintaining high reliability for our customers.'
To keep costs even lower for customers, NPPD recommends practicing energy efficiency and offers tips on how to curb energy use at www.nppd.com
Always there when you need us, NPPD's mission is to safely generate and deliver reliable, low-cost sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state's rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 600,000 Nebraskans in 86 of the state's 93 counties with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services.
For more information:
Nebraska Public Power District
1414 15th St
United States, 68602-0499