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Nation’s most reliable energy? Nebraska’s got it

April 23, 2018 | Jason Kuiper | industry, reliability, T&D

OPPD and Nebraska’s public power providers play a big part in luring companies – and jobs – to the state. One of the biggest draws is the state’s reputation for providing reliable electricity. A recent report backs that up.

According to data released in April 2018 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Nebraska’s 2016 average electricity customer outage duration was the nation’s lowest. Excluding major events, that duration was 27 minutes. The nation’s highest average was West Virginia at 6 hours.

When including major events, such as hurricanes, snowstorms and other natural disasters, Nebraska’s duration was still the lowest in the nation.reliability

In 2016, the most recent data available, the country’s 145 million electric customers experienced an average of 1.3 interruptions and went without power for four hours during the year.

Electric reliability is generally measured by two metrics showing the duration and frequency of outages: System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) and System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI).

OPPD has several programs to keep the electric system reliable:

  • A tree-trimming program
  • The Transmission and Distribution Improvement Program (TDIP)
  • Ground Line Inspection and Treatment (GLIT) program.

The Midwest Transmission Project and the upcoming Elkhorn River Valley and Sarpy transmission projects also help maintain high reliability.

OPPD is also nearly done rebuilding a stretch of transmission line destroyed by the June 2017 storm. The project will add resiliency and provide greater capacity to that line.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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