October 2003 - A recent poll sponsored by the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) found that 96% of electricity customers supported future investment in a 200-MW wind farm, even if it would add to the cost of electric bills. When asked about biomass power resources, 81% responded that NPPD should pursue adding 5 MW of animal waste methane projects to its generation mix. The vast majority of the survey participants (94%) responded that the cost of building future renewable energy projects should be spread among all of the utility's customers. A slight majority (53%) felt that support for additional renewables should be provided through voluntary green power marketing programs.
The polling process involved a telephone survey of approximately 1,350 customers and a deliberative poll—a survey technique designed to gauge informed public opinion—of about 110 electricity customers from mostly rural communities. The deliberative poll participants were surveyed before and after a one-day educational session on energy alternatives.
News Release - NPPD's Deliberative Polling Process Successful, Informative - No longer online at nppd.com
News Release - Customers Comment, NPPD Listens - No longer online at nppd.com
Summary Report - NPPD Customer Meeting on Energy Alternatives: Summary of Results - No longer online at nppd.com
NPPD Contacts: Jon Trabert (402) 563-5044, Frank Thompson (402) 563-5696