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Nebraska celebrates Public Power Week

Lincoln, Neb. – Public power entities across Nebraska are celebrating Public Power Week, an annual event coordinated by the American Public Power Association, Oct. 7-13.

Nebraska is the only 100 percent public power state in the country. The value proposition of public power is as valid today as it was in 1933, when the Legislature created this unique business model. Our state’s electric utilities join more than 2,000 other public power systems in the U.S. taking the time to reflect on the benefits of public power and recognize how publicly owned utilities provide electricity to the 49 million customers they collectively serve across the country.

Public power’s primary hallmark is local control. Nebraska’s electric utilities are governed by individuals locally elected or appointed who are accessible and accountable to the customers they serve. It’s local people serving local people. And, they all share the common goal of providing reliable and safe electricity for their customers at a reasonable price.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity we provide in our communities,” said John Hoke, general manager of Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corp. and president, Nebraska Power Association. “We all take pride in serving our friends, families and neighbors.”

Visit or follow NPA at @nepower on Twitter to learn more.