Electricity. It keeps us connected. It brings normalcy to our lives during these abnormal times. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) provides a critical service to Nebraska and will keep transmission and distribution operations at each of the service centers in operation to ensure reliable electric service throughout the state. District decisions are being made based on guidance from state and federal agencies as well as in the best interest of the safety and health of NPPD customers and employees.
Executive Vice President Tom Kent applauded NPPD’s efforts during this time saying, “Our organization as a whole, as well as each of you individually, seems to have done so without missing a beat. We have been vigilant, focused, flexible and patient. And those qualities are serving us well.”
As the state works together to keep our friends, families, neighbors and communities healthy and safe, know your electricity from NPPD will remain reliable, just as Nebraskans have come to expect.
So, what happens when this is over? What will our new “normal” look like?
On a positive note, Senior Economic Development Consultant Rick Nelsen, who attended the 9th Annual Site Selectors Guild Conference just prior to travel restrictions, got a glimpse of what may be coming. Several consultants talked about the disruption of the supply chain and a recognition that many parts and ingredients are being sourced in China and elsewhere may lead to a response to produce them here to serve the U.S. market.
“One consultant told me that today communities should be investing in their properties (sites) in preparation for these opportunities.” Nelsen said, “another consultant has trademarked the phrase, “no product, no project”, which further illustrates the need for site readiness.” “In addition, our rural communities should not be afraid of automation but should embrace it and work with our community colleges to help prepare our current and future workforce.”
NPPD’s Economic Development Team will share resources and guidance for communities at our Webinar: Navigating the Current Economic Outlook, today, April 8 at 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Senior Economic Development Consultant, Nicole Sedlacek spoke about the webinar with encouragement. “We are excited to partner with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to share insights on available resources and different ways communities are successfully adapting.” Whatever the future successes or obstacles, NPPD will continue to serve Nebraska now and in the future.