Plant Seeds of Safety this Spring
Farm equipment keeps getting larger and larger, making it even more imperative to be aware of the high-voltage power lines overhead. Take a look around on the routes you will take between fields, through your farmstead, down public roads, to avoid the power lines. If someone else transports equipment for you, always provide a safe route and explain why it must be taken.
If equipment does get hung up on a power line, DO NOT get off the machine unless there is a fire or other immediate danger. If you touch the ground and the equipment at the same time, you can become a deadly channel for electricity. If you must get off the equipment, jump clear of the vehicle and, keeping your feet close together, hop away. Call Elkhorn Rural Public Power District at 1-800-675-2185 to report the problem. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DO NOT touch any machine connected to a power line and keep others away until our employees have the line disconnected.
For more farm safety information, follow this link: http://www.safeelectricity.org/component/content/article/152
We value you as a customer and we want to keep you safe. Please call our office at 1-800-675-2185, if you have any questions about electrical safety.
Step into the light. Make the switch to LED lamps and receive a $5 per bulb incentive for residential services. Click here to download an incentive application form.
In recent years, LEDs have taken the lighting industry by storm. Simply put, an LED is a chip of semiconducting material that releases energy in the form of light. LEDs are used just like ordinary bulbs. However, not all LED products are created equal. They may vary in quality, energy use, and life span. Be sure to do your research before purchasing, and look for the ENERGY STAR label.
More about LEDs:
- They last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lights and 4 or more times as long as fluorescents.
- They produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs.
- They light up instantly and many are dimmable.
- They waste little energy because most of the light may be directed where it is needed.
- They do not contain mercury.
- They generate almost no heat, which can help reduce air conditioning costs.
With so many choices of lighting available today, it is easier to compare “lumens” which is an actual measure of brightness, with the amount of energy (Watts) consumed.
Check the labels. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) worked with manufacturers to develop a new label for all residential lamp packaging. It includes brightness (in Lumens), estimated operating cost, life expectancy, color of light (warm, cool), and energy used.
Beginning in 2014, you can receive $5 per LED bulb incentive for residential services. Download the Residential LED incentives application and guidelines form here.
If you have any questions on the 2014 energy efficiency program incentives, please call our Energy Services Representative, Mark Gronau, at (800) 675-2185.
Wind Power Production in Nebraska
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has developed a feature that allows anyone with internet access to monitor the output of Nebraska wind farms, including Ainsworth (60 MW), Broken Bow (80 MW), Crofton (40 MW), Elkhorn Ridge (80 MW), Laredo Ridge (80 MW), Springview (3 MW), and Steele Flats (80 MW).
The wind farm output is displayed on two graphs that are updated every 30 minutes. The first graph displays the total Nebraska wind power output. The second graph allows the user to view any one or all of the individual wind farm outputs. You can visit the site by clicking the following link: NPPD Wind Monitors.
The maximum total output of the Nebraska wind farms is 423 MW. As a quick comparison, NPPD’s largest coal-fired power plant, located at Sutherland, NE, has a maximum output of 1,200 MW, whereas NPPD’s Cooper Nuclear Plant has a maximum output of 800 MW. NPPD must be able to generate or purchase at least as much electricity as its highest peak ever reached, 3,036 MW in July of 2012, at any single point in time.
Because wind generation is a variable power resource, NPPD adds it to their mix when it is available. The graphs will show how much electricity the wind farms have generated at various times throughout the previous five days. The graphs illustrate which hours the wind farms have generated at their capacity, as well as other times when we have to rely upon other power plants.
Wind farms can play a valuable role in generating electricity, yet we promise our customers reliability—ensuring electricity is available around the clock. Every hospital, industry, and homeowner deserves that, which means we must use other fuels like nuclear, coal, and natural gas, too.
Elkhorn Rural Public Power District purchases 100% of its electricity from NPPD, so when NPPD states that they plan to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables, it is understood that 10 percent of the electricity sold by ERPPD will come from renewable sources.
“Elkhorn Rural Public Power District is dedicated to providing SAFE, RELIABLE,COST-EFFECTIVE electricity for ALL customers.”