The Dawson Public Power District board has approved a rate increase across all rate classes beginning April 1, 2020. The vote came at the board’s Feb. 12th meeting, at which approval was given for the rate increase of an average 2%.

Residential customers on the General Service rate could expect their monthly electric statement to increase an average of $2.45. Residential customers on the General Service-Electric Heat rate could see their monthly electric statement increase by $2.83, on average.

In a press release issued by Dawson PPD on Feb. 18, it was noted that over the past 10 years the District has invested more than $135 million into its distribution system. That investment seems to have paid off, as a 2019 customer satisfaction survey showed an increase from a good to excellent rating in system reliability. The upgrades to the system have also resulted in a decrease in overtime labor hours for Dawson PPD employees in the past decade - down from 2,416 hours in 2009 to 1,343 hours in 2019.

In the press release, Dawson PPD General Manager Gwen Kautz stated, “Our customers have indicated that reliable power is a top priority. As a publicly owned-utility, our focus is on our customers. We made these investments at a rapid pace, and now that Dawson PPD’s system is more reliable than ever, it’s time to slow down.”

Rate increase 3.5

As a result of reducing the number of construction and line upgrade projects, the overall budget for 2020 is about $2.5 million less than last year.

Dawson Public Power District, headquartered in Lexington, serves more than 23,000 electric meters and maintains over 5,800 miles of power lines in south central Nebraska, along the Platte River Valley. Dawson PPD’s territory includes all of the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo Counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier Counties. The District also serves several villages: Hershey, Maxwell, Brady, Farnam, Eustis, Elwood, Eddyville, Smithfield, Overton, Sumner, Miller, Riverdale, Amherst, Odessa and Pleasanton.

Customers are welcome to review Dawson PPD’s rates at any time through its website, DawsonPower.com, or by calling 308-324-2386.