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NPPD Reports Customer Demand Monday Likely Led to New Generation Record

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Nebraska Public Power District says it likely set a generation record earlier this week to meet customer demand while temperatures sat below zero.

NPPD said it generated an estimated 2,256 megawatts of electricity between 7 and 8 a.m. Monday, which is higher than the utility's previous all-time winter peak of 2,219 megawatts set in December 2009.

NPPD spokeswoman Jeanne Schieffer said NPPD couldn't be certain of Monday's record figures though as all the data had yet to be assembled.

NPPD president and CEO Pat Pope credits the utility's nuclear and coal-fired facilities for their ability to meet Monday's high level of demand.

"But the wind also worked in our favor yesterday, contributing more than 216 megawatts for NPPD during the time of peak demand," added Pope.

And while the utility also operates with natural gas, Pope says they did not use that resource Monday because of the current high cost.

"Nebraskans benefit from NPPD's diverse portfolio of generating resources," said Pope. "Using a combination of fuels means we deliver electricity using the lowest cost resources while maintaining high reliability for our customers.

The utility says an estimated 1 million people depend on it for electricity, either as retail customers or as customers of utilities that buy power from NPPD.

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