When I reflect on the past year, the first thing that comes to mind is the Flood of 2019. Snowpack from winter storms combined with an early spring storm and significant rainfall resulted in real Nebraska disaster! Effects of the flooding were felt across the entire state including right here in our own District.
Several customers of Stanton County Public Power District were hit hard with rising waters and damaged property. The Stanton County Roads Department received damage to several roads and bridges. We also felt the impact of state bridge damage, including the approach to a bridge crossing the Elkhorn River on State Highway 57.
The damage also hit our industry. The NPPD’s hydro-electric facilities located on the Spencer Dam were completely washed out by the raging Niobrara River. NPPD’s Cooper Nuclear Station saw some very high waters from the flooding Missouri River while Loup Power District saw major damage to their Loup Canal System.
We had damage to our distribution system along the Elkhorn River, however, considering the magnitude of this event, we felt fortunate the damage we received wasn’t much worse. Our crews worked to keep the lights on for as many as we could throughout the event. We appreciate all your patience in this effort. I hope everyone is on the way to a full recovery and has found normal again!
The 2019 SCPPD Capital Budget included the replacement of the current AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system. The old system was very limited and no longer being supported properly by its original manufacturer. We moved to a more dynamic system that provides us additional tools to easily monitor our system. We can get information delivered to us from the system such as outage information, loading data, and meter readings. We are looking to improve the level of service to
our customers with the amount of information that is being delivered.
This project is wrapping up with only a handful of meters left to replace. We hope to use this as a tool to improve the level of service to our customers. Once again, we appreciate your patience
as we worked through this project.
January of 2019 saw a couple of personnel changes here at the District. John Prusa retired after 39 years of service to the District. John was the Purchasing Agent and manned the load control desk throughout the summer. We wish John the best in his next adventure!
Don Dubas was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager. Don worked as a lineman since November of 2000. Don will work with many parts of the operations including safety, purchasing and load control. Don has the experience and knowledge to take on this role and we look forward to working with him in this new role!
As usual we have a certain amount of maintenance to the system to keep the lights on. We do pole testing and replacement, pull maintenance on circuit breakers, cut trees and upgrade old line in need of repair.
High reliability has been a priority set by the Board of Directors and our team here has worked hard to carry out that objective.
I hope the Holiday Season treats you well and you find time to
enjoy friends and family! Everyone here at SCPPD wishes you
and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New!
Chad Waldow, General Manager