Public Power & Natural Gas Week

Nebraska City Utilities celebrated Public Power and Natural Gas Week October 4-8th, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric and gas utilities that collectively provide electricity and natural gas to 49 million people.

“Public Power and Public Natural Gas week celebrates the reliable, affordable, electricity and natural gas Nebraska City Utilities provides to our community and surrounding area,” said Nebraska City Utilities general manager, Jeff Kohrs. “Public Power and Public Natural Gas puts customers first, and Public Power and Public Natural Gas week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally owned power and gas distribution to our customers,” said Kohrs.

Nebraska City Utilities is proud to have serviced Nebraska City and the surrounding area since 1941.

Nebraska City Utilities would like to thank our customers for coming into our office at 100 Central Avenue during the week of October 4th-8th to help us celebrate Public Power and Public Natural Gas week. We hope you enjoyed the refreshments, literature, and were able to get signed up for a chance to win a Carbon Monoxide Detector or LED Light Bulbs. If you didn’t get a chance to register stop in during the month of October and do so. The drawing will be held on Friday, November 5 and the winner will be notified by phone, need not be present to win.

Today Nebraska City Utilities has 71 employees, 3 power plants, 4 main substations, 4 border stations, approximately 375 miles of electric lines, 147 miles of gas mains, and 85 miles of gas service lines including 55 miles of transmission mains.

Thank you for your support as we continue to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost.

How To Read Your Bill

  1. Account Number
  2. Date the bill was mailed
  3. Bill notes (ex. Paid by bank, Budget, Past Due Balance, etc…)
  4. Amount due if paid by due date
  5. Payment due date
  6. Amount due if paid after due date
  7. Summary of service history up to 13 months w/ a temperature line for our service area
  8. Utility description name and meter number/s
  9. Service period – the time period for which this bill was calculated.
  10. Number of days and usage total by service
  11. Charge by service
  12. Service Address and Amount due for the service address
  13. Messages and announcements

Your account number and any meter number will be needed to register to use our new customer log-in

Energy Assistance Agencies

If you are needing assistance with paying your utility bill, you may contact the following Energy Assistance Agencies. They may be able to help you.

Dept. Health & Human Services – Contact person Liheap 1-800-383-4278

Nebraska City Ministerial Assoc MON-THURS 402-874-1513

Otoe County General Assistance & Veterans Svc. 402-873-9540

Central Navigation/Partners for Otoe co. /Children 402-969-0319

Southeast Nebraska Comm. Action – SENCA 402-297-7398 or 402-862-2411

LANCASTER Community Action- BENNET 402-471-4524

UNITED WAY OF MIDLANDS 211 or 402-372-8232

Catholic Social Service in Nebraska City -HOPE/Mondays 402-817-2753

Catholic Social Service in Auburn/Food Pantry -April 402-327-6242

Emergency Rental Assistance ERA- visit: or 1-844-429-6575

For additional information on assistance click on the link below:

Residential Gas Survey

Residential Gas Survey

  • This questionnaire is a requirement by the Office of Pipeline Safety. Last month you received a letter regarding excavating practices near or around natural gas pipelines. The information you return is vital to us and will not be shared. Please take a moment to fill out the questionnaire that was provided to you with a pre-paid postage envelope or continue filling out this survey. Thank you for your time.

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National Public Power & Public Gas Week


Nebraska City Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) and Public Natural Gas Week Oct. 5-9, along with the American Public Power Association and more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans. To mark this week, Nebraska City Utilities offers a few tips

A Few Facts About Public Natural Gas

There are approximately 1,000 public natural gas systems serving more than 5 million customers. These public natural gas utilities are not-for-profit retail distribution entities that are owned by and accountable to the citizens they serve. They include municipal gas distribution systems, public utility districts, county districts, and other public agencies that have natural gas distribution facilities.

Your public natural gas utility is good for the community for many reasons including:

  • Local Control:Having a public natural gas system gives a community local control over how gas is provided to homes and businesses. Decisions are made through citizen participation instead of being made in a distant city by people who do not understand local issues and who are primarily focused on profits instead of service.
  • Competitive Costs:In order to offer fair and competitive rates, public natural gas systems operate as a not-for-profit entity. Public natural gas systems do not face pressure to pay dividends to stockholders.
  • Economic Benefits: As a public natural gas system, we play a valuable role in helping communities broaden its tax base, and in turn improve the local economy and increase jobs. Public natural gas systems ensure that local dollars stay at home.
  • Customer Service:As a not-for-profit entity, we focus on service, rather than profits. Public natural gas systems are an integral part of a community. We maintain a close relationship with our customers, and as a result, we are success­ful in meeting our customers’ needs.

Thank you for supporting Nebraska City Utilities.  We look forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses.  We also hope you join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country.  As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

Winter Safety with Gas Meters


  • Accumulated snow places stress on your meter piping. Damage to the piping can cause a gas leak.
  • If there is an emergency, emergency response crews need clear access to your meter.
  • Excessive snow cover may result in abnormal pressure, affect appliance operation and interrupt your service.
  • Ice and snow may block the electronic reading of your meter. Our desire is to accurately bill your gas usage.


Fall Energy Saving Tips

Fall is upon us and I don’t know about you but it is my favorite time of the year.  From the cooler temperatures, beautiful colors of the leaves, Halloween activities to time spent with family at Thanksgiving, it’s the season which brings people together.  Now is the time to prepare your home to ensure you stay warm while still saving energy for the fall.   Continue reading “Fall Energy Saving Tips”

Power Outages and Animals

Are squirrels the only animal that causes power outages?

Squirrels are particularly pesky, followed by birds, raccoons, rats and snakes. While here at Nebraska City Utilities lately our most pesky creature has been the raccoon. Animal-caused outages may be difficult to detect because carcasses are not always easily found. The interruption in power can be a short blink that may only last a few seconds to a catastrophic failure that lasts longer.

Many of these creatures are attracted to the humming warmth of electrical equipment, while snakes slither into substations looking for food, often bird’s nests.

Nebraska City Utilities installs pole wraps and insulated cover ups in problem areas to help prevent animal contact.

Some unusual animal-related outages include:

    • A turkey made its way into a substation in North Platte, Ne and caused over 6,000 people to be without electricity 2 days after Thanksgiving 2015.
    • A cow rubbing against a guy wire, broke a primary line in Mooresville, NC. Duke Energy workers found the cow on its back and all 4 legs up in the air, it was reported the cow didn’t fare well in the end.
    • Tent caterpillars cause numerous power outages in Liberty, Tx. When thousands of them hatching from eggs in trees covered the transformers.

Other problem animals can be skunks, wild cats (bob cats, mountain lions, etc.)

Any time an interruption in power occurs our crews are sent out to inspect our lines and to look for why the interruption happened.