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4,570 miles

August 20, 2018 | Terry Zank | big number

WHAT IS IT? A rough estimate of the rural portion of OPPD’s 5,000-square-mile service area, which includes all or part of 13 counties in southeastern Nebraska. Approximately 91 percent of the utility’s service area could be considered rural and 9 percent metropolitan.

The OPPD service area stretches from southeastern Burt County on the north, south to Pawnee and Richardson counties on the Nebraska-Kansas border.

The service area basically doubled in January 1965, when OPPD merged with Eastern Nebraska Public Power District. OPPD maintains about 15,600 miles of electrical line to serve its customers.

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Terry Zank is a contributor to The Wire and senior publications coordinator at OPPD. He and his wife, Melissa, have three sons, ages 12 to 23, and a shichon puppy. Terry coaches his youngest son’s YMCA soccer team, and plays in the OPPD racquetball league. In his spare time, Terry wishes he had some spare time.

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