The outage from Friday night (Jan 10, 2020) in the Bennet area was a short notice scheduled outage. We apologize for the inconvenience but are thankful for a customer’s call that had us looking into a concern that led us in finding the fuse protection equipment was failing. In order for our crews to safely replace it the power outage to be scheduled. It was necessary to allow our crews to replace the fuse protection equipment right away to prevent a future unscheduled long-term outage and additional damages.

Crews were able to replace the equipment and restore the power in less than 30 minutes.  We are continually working to improve the stability of the power source in this area and appreciate your patience as we strive to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost. 

While some power outages are unexpected due to accidents, animals, lightning and trees some are due to equipment for maintenance, failure and/or the need to add addition equipment.

We are consistently working to improve the power source by updating and replacing equipment as well as adding varmint guards and pole wraps to deter animals from climbing the poles and causing unexpected outages. Along with adding lightning arresters and conductor guards, we have completed extensive tree trimming from the West side of the Sub Station in Syracuse (which provides the power to Unadilla, Palmyra, Douglas, Bennet  and all of the Rural customers along the way.

We welcome customer calls or messages at any time to report outages, submit concerns, ask questions, or to simply gain further understanding. We are not always able to answer the question right away but we strive to respond in a timely manner with the best possible accurate information.  You can reach us at or call our business office at 402-873-3353.

Electrical Outages



To report an outage any time (24/7), call Nebraska City Utilities at 402-873-3353
Remember that during storm season, many things can cause outages.  Wind, ice and damaged trees falling on the power lines.  If you see power lines on the ground, don’t touch it and call the Nebraska City Utilities immediately.

Some causes for electrical outages:


Lightning searches for the tallest object to serve as a conductor.  When lightning strikes electrical equipment, it causes loss of power. Continue reading “Electrical Outages”

Save Energy By Planting A Tree

Nebraska City Utilities recognizes the importance that trees play in our environment.  Trees provide shade that cools you and your living environment.  Trees absorb the sun’s energy from the surrounding air, and in the summertime, creates a cooling effect in and around your home.  Using the method of “Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place”, Nebraska City Utilities can help you create comfort and save energy by:

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Pole Top Rescue

Pole Top Rescue Training is part of our annual required safety training that all of our linemen complete every year. Crews are trained on how to save a fellow lineman should the need arise.
Here’s the scenario: A line man is working and becomes unconscious while up on the pole (due to an electrical jolt, health issues, etc.). Other crew members on site have moments to call for help, race up to the top of the pole and lower the injured person to the ground. One by one all of our crews practice strapping on their climbing gear, climb a 35 foot pole and safely rescue a life size dummy weighing approximately 185 lbs. The dummy must be secured with a rope before being safely lowered to the ground.  In an actual emergency,  coworkers would then perform basic first aid and CPR until first responders arrive.
Pole Top Rescue along with other Safety training courses ensure our linemen work in the safest manner possible and are equipped, trained and confident in their skills and equipment.