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Norris Public Power
606 Irving Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
Norris Holiday Hours:
Tuesday, December 24th, all District offices will be closing at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25th, all District offices will be closed.
Tuesday, December 31st, all District offices will be open normal business hours.
Wednesday, January 1st, all District offices will be closed.
Outage and emergency phone calls will be answered as normal.
Thanksgiving and Norris District Traditions
Bruce Vitosh--General Manager and CEO
Thanksgiving is a holiday that consists of many traditions. We were taught in school that Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1621, near Plymouth in present day Massachusetts, when the Pilgrims prepared a grand feast to thank God for his favors and the bountiful harvest.
Today, turkey and pumpkin pie are among the traditional foods served at many Thanksgiving Day dinners. Interestingly, it is thought that neither of these foods was served at the first Thanksgiving Day feast.
Over time, other traditions have developed. Thanksgiving Day now includes the annual Detroit Lions football game that began back in 1934 because the owner was trying to get more people to attend the games. Of course, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend would not be complete without the annual Black Friday shopping madness that so many people seem to enjoy.
The Nebraska electric industry and Norris Public Power District have a tradition of providing low cost and reliable electric service to our customers. In 2012, the state of Nebraska’s average charge per kilowatt-hour for all customers was 15% below the national average. For Norris in 2012, the average charge per kilowatt-hour for all customers was 19% below the average of the thirty Nebraska rural electric systems.
Nebraska Public Power District “NPPD”, which provides the Norris District with nearly all of its power requirements, announced earlier this year that they will not have a wholesale customer rate increase for 2014. Since purchased power costs represent over 70% of the Norris District’s revenue requirements, the decision by NPPD contributed significantly to the avoidance of a customer electric rate increase for 2014.
The Norris District continually evaluates and searches for ways to perform operations for our customers more efficiently. Over the last couple of years, the Norris District has taken the following actions, among others, that have resulted in savings for our customers.
- refunded debt obligations to take advantage of lower interest rates
- an office position was eliminated through attrition
- certain outside services were eliminated with the work now being performed by existing staff
- experienced a reduction in workers compensation premiums due to an improvement in claims experience
- modified health, property and liability insurance coverage and deductibles
While celebrating Thanksgiving, we should all take time to reflect on the many things in which we have to be thankful for in our lives.
The employees of Norris Public Power District are thankful for being able to serve so many outstanding and caring people by continuing the tradition of low cost and reliable electric service.
Tip of the Week
Wash clothes in cold water. Use hot water only for very dirty loads. This reduces the use of your water heater, which can help save you money each month.
Outage Phone Numbers
If you experience a power outage, please report it to the appropriate number below:
Thayer & Jefferson Counties
Local (402) 768-6515
or (402) 729-3835
Toll Free 1-800-827-8099
Lancaster & Saline Counties
Local (402) 423-3855
or (402) 826-2517
Toll Free 1-800-743-3899
Local (402) 223-4038
Toll Free 1-800-858-4707