The electrical system doesn’t take a break for weekends. Customers still rely on electricity to be there when they need it. That’s where the personnel at OPPD’s Energy Control Center come in.
OPPD’s Energy Control Center staff the facility 24/7 and monitor the flow of electricity, dispatch crews to calls and find solutions when power outages arise. When a major storm blows through, the Energy Control Center is where employees make decisions about how to best recover from damage and outages. It’s constantly humming with activity.
The center features a complicated system of monitors and computers that manage the lines. There was a time, over 60 years ago, when OPPD employees did this using a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard and a ladder. One person in the center is the voice of OPPD for crews in the field. She is the main line of communication between them and the center, ensuring they can safely make repairs.
This day-in-day-out service is one facet of our commitment to providing safe, reliable energy to the community.
actions, not words
No two days are alike at OPPD. What remains constant, however, is the commitment to providing reliable, affordable and environmentally sensitive electricity service. Every day, The Wire will feature a snapshot of the work OPPD employees do to meet this commitment.
OPPD lives out its commitment to the communities it serves through actions rather than words. Since it came online in 2015, The Wire has pulled back the curtain to show customers what OPPD does. Check in here for the next six weeks to see how OPPD serves customers and how we work to keep the lights on. This daily effort is an extension of our transparency.
It’s real. It’s not glamorous. But it’s important work.
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About Laura King-Homan
Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald. View all posts by Laura King-Homan →
About Cris Averett
Cris Averett is responsible for communications at OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station, as well as an array of communications projects across the district. Whenever feasible, Cris enjoys spending time with his wife and offspring, listening to music, tinkering with toys and playing a splendid game of cribbage. View all posts by Cris Averett →
About Jason Kuiper
Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. View all posts by Jason Kuiper →