By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald
LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Nebraska Public Power District must open its books and disclose specific cost information, including the expense of generating electricity from its individual power plants . . . A private company that seeks to compete with NPPD, Lincoln-based energy firm Aksamit Resource Management, had filed a lawsuit seeking the information from the public power firm. Aksamit argued that the information was public and that it would help the firm and Nebraska ratepayers better understand why NPPD’s costs were rising. Without the detailed information, the firm argued, the public could not determine why NPPD’s costs had risen. Read more here.
Public Domain Photo of a Hybrid Project
RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND READING
- In search of cleaner energy, some Nebraska cities turn away from utility, by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News, March 6, 2017. At least 10 municipal utilities in Nebraska have chosen to stop or cut back on buying their power from the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), in search of lower prices and greater access to renewable energy.
- In this article, Uhlenhuth explores the question of whether Nebraska might get more renewable energy if retail competition were available:
Clean energy advocates skeptical, cautious about retail choice bills in Nebraska and Kansas
Midwest Energy News, February 28, 2017
Despite the widespread outcry against the current attempt to bring retail competition to Nebraska, [Michael Matherson, a partner and spokesman for Aksamit] observed that Nebraska’s three major public power districts voluntarily entered into a competitive marketplace when they chose to begin buying and selling power through the Southwest Power Pool in 2009. Nebraska’s public power districts lost more of their monopoly power a year ago when the legislature passed a law terminating the districts’ prerogative to take control of any renewable-energy source developed by a private entity.
LB660 – Retail Choice Bill
LB657 – Accompanying Transparency Bill
- Nebraska lawmakers introduce bills that would end public power companies’ monopoly, use of eminent domain, by Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald, January 23, 2017
- Confidence in public power model is at stake, Guest Opinion, Lincoln Journal Star, Posted by Kearney Hub, June 27, 2016
- Vocal crowd asks, ‘Where’s the clean energy?’: State’s energy future focus of gathering at UNK, Kearney Hub, June 23, 2016
- Americans for Electricity Choice
Gary Aksamit is co-chair of the non-profit Americans for Electricity Choice. Founded in 2016, the organization campaigns for a more open electricity marketplace in Nebraska, Kansas and Nevada. The campaigns’ focus areas include: lower electric rates, energy deregulation, retail choice, electric competition, unbundled billing and full transparency.
LB 660 Retail Choice Bill
LB 675 Unbundled Billing Bill
LB 547 Eminent Domain Bill
Nebraska Public Power’s Competitiveness in the Regional Energy Market: Produced for Wind is Water Foundation, December 12, 2016, Goss & Associates Economic Solutions
For more information, click here to link to Americans for Electricity Choice home page and scroll down.
- Americans For Electricity Choice Action – Political Organization
- Aksamit Resource Management’s Wind Projects in Nebraska