As the drought continues, water levels in reservoirs along the Missouri River remain low.
That could have an impact on electric rates, according to Western Area Power Administration spokesman Randy Wilkerson… who is watching those levels carefully.
“We know the water levels in the reservoirs are low”, Wilkerson says. “We’re anticipating less than normal generation over the winter and into the coming year”.
Wilkerson says while they will easily meet power contracts this year, that may come at an added cost. He says those costs will ultimately be built into the rates.
Wilkerson adds the WAPA easily met power projections during last year’s flooding.
The WAPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy that provides hydroelectric power to 15 states, including Nebraska.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX