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Frequently Asked Questions

  What area does OPPD serve?

The Omaha Public Power District is one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 352,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties.

What Economic Development Services does OPPD provide in its service area?

Please see the Services for Communities and Services for Business web pages.

How do OPPD electric rates compare with other utilities, regionally and nationally?


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4) Can you provide an estimate of what my electric bills would be based on OPPD's rates?

How much could you save if your manufacturing/business operation were located in OPPD's service area? Using the charts below and the number of shifts and electricity usage pattern closest to your own, you can determine an approximate rate. OPPD personnel are eager to provide you with exact cost figures based on your company's electricity demand and usage.


Number of Shifts     Kilowatt Demand         Monthly Usage Average Rate
Per kWh
1 shift per day 1,000-kilowatt demand 240,000 kilowatt-hours 8.00 cents
2 shifts per day 1,000-kilowatt demand 485,000 kilowatt-hours 5.93 cents
2 shifts per day 2,000-kilowatt demand 970,000 kilowatt-hours 5.92 cents
2 shifts per day 5,000-kilowatt demand 2,425,000 kilowatt-hours 5.89 cents
3 shifts per day 2,000-kilowatt demand 1,320,000 kilowatt-hours 5.35 cents
3 shifts per day 5,000-kilowatt demand 3,250,000 kilowatt-hours 5.30 cents


Number of Shifts     Kilowatt Demand         Monthly Usage Average Rate
Per kWh
1 shift per day 250-kilowatt demand 55,000 kilowatt-hours 8.47 cents
1 shift per day 500-kilowatt demand 115,000 kilowatt-hours 8.35 cents
1 shift per day 750-kilowatt demand 170,000 kilowatt-hours 8.38 cents
2 shifts per day 500-kilowatt demand 230,000 kilowatt-hours 6.52 cents
2 shifts per day 750-kilowatt demand 390,000 kilowatt-hours 6.23 cents

To get a more accurate estimate of annual energy costs within OPPD's service territory, go to the electric rate calculator.

5) What is the reliability of OPPD's electrical grid?

For more than half a century, OPPD has fulfilled its public trust to provide reliable, affordable electric service. The ASAI (Average Service Availability Index) is a commonly used measurement of utility reliability. It is determined by the number of customer hours available, divided by the number of customer hours served.

Year ASAI  
2007 99.987
2008 99.989
2009 99.989
2010 99.987
2011 99.983

For the past five years, Omaha Public Power District's service availability index has averaged 99.987 percent.

Besides efficient utilization of baseload stations and peaking units, one key to OPPD's excellent service reliability is the instant availability of additional power during times of high demand. OPPD assures that availability through its membership in the Southwest Power Pool, which serves more than 5 million customers in nine state -- Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SPP's footprint includes 26 balancing authorities, 47,000 miles of transmission lines and 370,000 square miles. It is based in Little Rock, Ark., and has 370 employees.

6) With what other utilities does OPPD's electrical grid system interconnect?

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Lincoln Electric System, MidAmerican Energy, Nebraska Public Power District, Saint Joseph Power & Light, and Western Resources, Inc.

7) What incentives/programs does OPPD have available for business customers?

State incentives for small and large businesses can be found on our Nebraska Incentives page.

8) What other products and services does OPPD offer?

OPPD offers a wide variety of products and services for business customers.

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