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Business Advantages

Business Advantages


OPPD’s service area offers an array of advantages that make living, working and doing business here a wonderful and rewarding experience. Our pro-business environment, strong infrastructure, world-class workforce, drive for innovation, and higher education facilities are differentiators for business-location decisions.

Low Rates, High Reliability and Environmentally Sensitive Energy

OPPD customers receive low rates, high reliability, environmentally sensitive energy and excellent customer service. For two consecutive years, OPPD ranked as the #1 Midwest Midsize Utility in Business Customer Satisfaction (J.D. Power and Associates, 2015 and 2016). Since 2015, JD Power and Associates has ranked OPPD as one of the top Midwest Midsize Utilities in Business Customer Satisfaction, giving OPPD the #1 ranking 2 out of 5 years.

Low Rates

OPPD offers competitive rates that beat regional and national averages. In addition, OPPD is committed to no general fixed rate increases through 2021. 

OPPD industrial rates are 9.6% below the national average and commercial rates are 16% below the national average. Residential rates are 13.6% below the national average and retail rates are 17.4% below the national average.

OPPD industrial rates are 6.12 cents per kWh. Regional industrial rates are 6.88 cents per kWh and rates across the United States are 6.91 cents per kWh. OPPD commercial rates are 8.69 cents per kWh. Regional industrial rates are 9.27 cents per kWh and rates across the United States are 10.64 cents per kWh.
*West-North Central Region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota & South Dakota
Source: 2019 Energy Information Administration 

OPPD is currently evaluating its energy portfolio to add new generation that will include additional renewables and increase OPPD’s renewables to as much as 50% of its generation mix by 2021. Review the Integrated Resource Plan submitted to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in Feb. 2017.


Large Power - High Voltage Transmission Level - 261

  • 161 kV requires at least 20 MW
  • 345 kV requires at least 200 MW
  • Customer owns its electric substation
  • Discount of roughly 5%, based on demand and energy use
  • View Rate 261 

Large Power - High Voltage Transmission Level - Market Energy 261M 

  • Customer provides a minimum of 20 MW of new load at 161 kV or at least 200 MW of new load at 345 kV service each month
  • Customer owns its electric substation
  • Market rate pricing
  • View Rate 261M 

Green Sponsorship Rate Rider - 499

  • Helps customers meet renewable energy goals
  • Provides a “hedge” for future energy concerns
  • Customer purchases at least 10,000,000 kWh of energy annually from OPPD
  • Rate rider is available on Rate Schedules 232, 240, 245, 250 and 261
  • Pricing based on renewable energy contract and Southwest Power Pool market 
  • View Rate Rider 499

High Reliability

For the past 14 years, OPPD has maintained reliability greater than 99.98%, as measured by the Average Service Availability Index. This beats the average (99.91%) reported among utilities surveyed by the American Public Power Association (APPA).

In 2012, OPPD's SAIDI minutes were 73.3, ASAI was 99.986%, CAIDI minutes were 100.18, SAIFI was 0.731643, CAIFI was 1.594 and MAIFI was 4.922. In 2013, OPPD's SAIDI minutes were 66.41, ASAI was 99.987%, CAIDI minutes were 97.79, SAIFI was 0.678811, CAIFI was 1.436 and MAIFI was 3.992. In 2014, OPPD's SAIDI minutes were 80.75, ASAI was 99.984%, CAIDI minutes were 98.17, SAIFI was 0.822228, CAIFI was 1.657 and MAIFI was 5.431. In 2015, OPPD's SAIDI minutes were 59.28, ASAI was 99.988%, CAIDI minutes were 96.28, SAIFI was 0.615749, CAIFI was 1.618 and MAIFI was 4.300.

Transportation and Logistics Advantages:

Being centrally located in the U.S. has several advantages over coastal locations.

Trucking Days Map

  • Dual rail access to OPPD’s Arbor Rail Line - OPPD owns 56.4 miles of the Arbor Rail Line, which connects with Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. The Arbor Rail Line exhibits a unique opportunity for location or expansion for new and existing businesses.
  • Central location in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) corridor
  • Foreign Trade Zone #19 in Omaha
  • Direct flight access - Omaha’s Eppley Airfield offers 150 flights a day to nearly 20 cities across North America, including 17 non-stop cities
  • Major transportation access to Interstates 29 and 80

Low Cost of Doing Business

Omaha is a cost leader among U.S. Cities in the Midwest region, with costs more than 6% below the U.S. base.

Source: 2016 KPMG Competitive Alternatives

Critical Core Competencies in Key Industries

  • Data Center
  • Food Processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Biotech
  • Renewable Energy
  • Financial Services
  • IT and Data Services
  • Health and Medical Services
  • Business Services
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Call Centers and e-Commerce

Additional Advantages

There are many advantages to locating your business in the Midwest, below are just a few: 

  • Abundant water supply
  • Low risk for natural disasters
  • Greater Omaha labor force is more than 750,000 in a 60-mile radius
  • Short drive times
  • Excellent schools and universities
    • 106,000+ college students enrolled across 25+ colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius of our service territory
  • Affordable housing/cost of living
  • Innovative hospitals and medical centers
  • Competitive tax incentives


#6 Best State of Education – US News, 2019
#8 Best Economy in America – CNBC, 2020 
#10 Best State to Find Job – US News, 2019
#11 Best State for Families – Wallethub, 2021
#11 Best State of Business – Forbes, 2019
#11 Happiest States in America  Wallethub, 2020

Greater Omaha
#2 Best Midsize City – Best Cities
#5 Best City for Young Professionals – Yahoo Finance, 2020
#5 Good Jobs and Cheap Housing – Investopedia, 2020
#8 Cities with Best Work-Life Balance – Kisi, 2019
#11 Best City to Buy Affordable Family Home – Smartasset, 2020
#14 Cheapest Place to Live – US News, 2020
#16 Most Livable City in the U.S. – Smartasset, 2019
#17 Best City for Millennials to Live In – Business Insider, 2020
#24 Best Cities to Work From Home – Smartasset, 2020
#34 Best City for College Grads – Smartasset, 2020
#40 Best Places to Live – US News, 2020
Fastest Growing Tech Hubs – Uncubed

Fortune-Ranked Companies

Because of its favorable business climate, the OPPD service area is home to many Fortune and Inc ranked companies’ headquarters.

Fortune 500s 
Berkshire Hathaway  
Mutual of Omaha 
Peter Kiewit Sons’  
Union Pacific

Fortune 1,000s
Green Plains Renewable Energy 
TD Ameritrade
Valmont Industries 
Werner Enterprises
West Corporation 

Inc 5000s
City Ventures
North end Teleservices
Muhs Unlimited
Media Spark
Sharm Medical Staffing
Prime Time Healthcare
Carson Group
Meridian Clinical Research
OneStaff Medical
Atlas MedStaff