Like most rural power districts in Nebraska, North Central PPD's system peak increases through the summer months June through September. A large amount of this increase can be attributed to irrigations. For this reason North Central PPD requires irrigation customers with larger than 15 horsepower services to participate in North Central PPD's Load Management Program. The District's Load Management Program offers five different control schedules:
Irrigation customers can save on their annual horsepower billing depending on the control schedule they select. Click on the irrigation rate schedules to see a list of the irrigation rate schedules.
The District's Load Management Program requires radio control switches to be installed on the irrigation wells. These switches respond to the District's load management equipment that monitors the system's load. As the load increases the load management equipment sends signals to the switches shutting off power to the irrigation wells to reduce the load. This process continues until the desired system load level is achieved. Irrigation wells will be subject to this load shedding process Monday through Saturday depending on the control schedule they have selected and depending on North Central's non-waived (control) hours. The District's non-waived (control) hours are determined by our wholesale supplier Nebraska Public Power District NPPD). All irrigation services are subject to load control on Sundays also if required by the District wholesale power supplier NPPD.
North Central offers some of the lowest rates in the nation and with the assistance of the Load Management Program we hope to maintain this status.
Irrigation customers may request to change their load control schedule each year prior to the beginning of the irrigation season. All changes between load control schedules have to be made by April 1st. To make any changes please notify North Central PPD’s office 402-358-5112 or 800-578-1060 or by email at email@example.com.