Our Electric System

Our Goal

The goal of the Alliance Electric Department is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost commensurate with that service. This is best accomplished by a dedicated and quality trained staff of employees to operate and maintain the electric system. For more information, view the Nebraska Power Association.

It’s Your Power

A tradition of public power in Nebraska has brought real benefits to the State, including low-cost electricity, local control, and responsive customer service. In rural America of the early twentieth century, electricity was a scarce commodity. Investor-owned utilities found that it was not economically feasible to provide electric service to rural areas.

Recognizing that void, Nebraska’s U.S. Senator, George Norris, was certain that publicly owned utilities could provide electricity to everyone. For more information, view the Rural Electrification Act or the Federal Energy Policy Act.

Low-Cost, Dependable Power

Nebraskans can rest assured their public power systems will continue to focus on the best interest of the entire state by providing low-cost, dependable power. Deregulation has brought a variety of power-marketing entities and utilities to the state, offering customers alternatives to public power. Here in Nebraska we are confident that public power will remain the people’s choice.

An Electric Competition

As a result of a law passed by the U.S. Congress in 1992, change is likely to come to our pubic power system. The Federal Energy Policy Act established the framework for electric competition at the wholesale level and created open access to electric transmission systems.

This act does not mandate competition. However, it places electricity one step closer to the same type of deregulatory track at work in other industries, including:

  • Airlines
  • Trucking
  • Railroads
  • Telecommunications

A Revolutionary Legislation

In 1936, Norris led the fight to pass the Rural Electrification Act (REA). This revolutionary legislation enabled the creation of publicly owned power generation and delivery systems for the common good.

Today’s Benefits

 Today, unlike many other states that rely on a combination of public and private providers, Nebraska remains wholly served by public power utilities:

  • Nebraska is the only state in America totally served by a consumer-owned public power system delivering electricity as a nonprofit service
  • In Nebraska, public power offers reliable, efficient, friendly service
  • Nebraska’s utilities are governed by Nebraskans