Omaha Public Power District serves more than 784,500 Nebraskans in 13 counties and all their customers are looking at a substantial rate increase. O-P-P-D spokesperson Paula Lukowski says the utility is recommending to the Board of Directors an increase of 6.9%. Rates will increase more than 7% for residential customers or $7.30 more each month for service. Commercial customers would see a 5% hike in rates.
Lukowski says, “we have had some circumstantial events the last few years they are working through. They will get those behind us but to move forward they will need this slight proposed rate increase.”
Those problems include the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant that closed in April of 2011 for refueling. Problems at that facility surfaced during the 2011 Missouri River flood when the plant was surrounded by water. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is closely monitoring the progress made at that facility.
This would be the tenth straight rate increase for OPPD customers and is the second largest in ten years. The Board of Directors will hear the proposal Thursday, November 15th and then vote on December 13th.