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The Norfolk Operations Center plays a key role in the Nebraska Public Power District's dedication to enhancing the quality of life for Nebraskans through our people and other public power assets. This facility demonstrates leadership in alternative energy and energy efficient technologies. Here you will learn about LEED certification, energy capacity of generation resources, related costs, and much more. Explore this kiosk, there is a lot to learn about energy and environmental stewardship.
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NPPD has a strategic goal of having 10 percent of our Nebraska customers’ energy needs met by renewable energy resources by 2020. Adding renewable resources to  NPPD’s generation mix adds diversity and helps contribute to the amount of energy  that NPPD produces which is non-carbon emitting. In 2012, 40 percent  of NPPD’s energy production was carbon-free.
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Exploring live data gives us an inside look at how electricity generation and consumption works . It is important that we understand the factors that lead to success - with generation a key component is Capacity Factor. Capacity Factor is the actual production of the unit over time compared to the maximum possible over the same period of time.  Many factors effect these results - the type of generation, the size of generation, and in the case of wind turbines, the height of the generation. To see even more trends - click on each of the energy dials
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Why would a power company encourage you to reduce your usage of electricity? Because using less energy: • reduces the demand for electricity • positively impacts the size and need to build future power plants • is our least-cost near term resource Helping our customers save energy is the right thing to do. As a community, energy efficiency can decrease community costs and enhance the quality of life. Energy efficiency is a win-win situation for NPPD, you as a customer, and the environment. By wisely using electricity, you can save money on your electric bills, reduce environmental impact, and help NPPD balance its generation.
NPPD has specific energy efficiency incentive programs for homes, businesses, and agricultural production. These programs provide customers the opportunity to reduce costs associated with energy efficiency upgrades, save energy and help the environment.
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Scientifically, energy efficiency is a fundamental function of physics. To understand why efficiency is so important in the realm of energy, we must first understand the laws of thermodynamics. The first law of thermodynamics sets the stage for how our universe functions: No energy can be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms. So, NPPD cannot create electrical energy. We must first convert energy from other resources. Then the electrical energy is converted again and again as we use electricity to power things in our homes. This change of energy is called an energy transformation. At each transformation, energy is lost through a concept called entropy. When a system’s energy is divided into its “useful” energy (energy that can be used, for example, to push a piston), and its “useless energy” (that energy which cannot be used to do external work), then entropy can be used to estimate the “useless”,”stray”, or “lost” energy. Energy efficiency is the ratio of energy put into the system compared to the amount of useful energy coming out of the system.
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