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NPPD Says Wind Energy is Possible In Future

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Nebraska lies just outside the ranks of the top ten states with the lowest cost of rates for electricity and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has plans to break into the top tier.

NPPD CEO Pat Pope said the company has their sights on the future.

"We're very protective of what we put in our power supply portfolio we want to make sure the right choice for our customers over the long haul," said Pope.

Pope was in Kearney on Thursday for the annual Nebraska Rural Electric Association meetings where the controversial topic of wind energy was up for discussion.

He had nothing to say against the industry of wind generation, but believes now is not the right time to add it to the company.

"If we have to add resources, then we begin process of looking at various options, selecting those options that provide the highest reliability and lowest cost," said Pope.

Other leaders in the state have differing opinions on wind energy. In recent weeks Senator Annette Dubas has been on a campaign to add wind power to Nebraska's list of resources.

Nebraska is a top state when it comes to wind energy potential but Pope reasoned that it may not be practical because of the existing power infrastructure the company has.

"Our customers right now have significant investment in these existing facilities that we have and to just say were going to abandon these, idol those and build wind is not realistic," said Pope.

According to Pope, NPPD has a plan to go green in the future as scientists frequently link global warming to coal plants.

"The road to converting to less fossil fuels will take time, it's a long road it will take time," said Pope.

Pope said right now the entire globe depends on fossil fuels and it will be a process to lessen the reliance on this power source.

On Friday the meetings to discuss the distribution of Nebraska's power supply will continue.

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