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    Barry DeKay
    (NP)

  • Aaron Troester
    (NP)

Biographical Information

Is increasing the use of renewable energy a priority for you? If so, what is your plan for this increase? If not, why not?

How would you work to ensure transparency?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities? Please detail.

Occupation Farmer/Cattle Rancher
Education Attended Wayne State College
Current Public Office, dates held NPPD Board 2015-2021 2nd Vice Chair 2016-2017 1st Vice Chair 2018-2019 Chair 2020 Nuclear Chair 2017-2018-2019 Chair Niobrara Valley Hospital Foundation Board Treasurer Raymond Township
Past Public Office, dates held NVEMC Board 1999-2014 Chairman 2006-2014 NREA State Director 2002-2014 NREA Treasurer 2007-2008 NREA Vice Chair 2009-2010 NREA Chair 2011-2012
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Help when asked Have officiated Basketball from High School and Women's College for 36 years
Address 51228 896 Rd Niobrara NE 68760
Marital Status Married since 9/9/1989
Age 61
Facebook http://yes
My priority is to continue to reduce NPPD's carbon footprint in a manner that doesn't compromise reliability or affordability. NPPD produces approximately 50% of its electricity with carbon free resources from wind, hydro, solar and nuclear power. We are also pursuing an innovating project using Hydrogen as a fuel and we are exploring ways to reduce or offset carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
The public is invited to our board meetings or to engage through Livestreaming. In addition to meetings with the board as a whole, members meet with small groups of wholesale and retail customers on a regular basis. As a board member, I have periodic discussions with constituents and other stakeholders. We usually have one board meeting away from the Columbus General Office, and that usually occurs in July. During this recent pandemic we had a meeting, via Zoom, instead of our usual board room meeting to insure social distancing. Using Zoom format, customers could listen and ask questions. We are prepared to have more meetings like this in the future if the need arises. I encourage management to provide important information to our customers and other stakeholders, on a regular basis and to update regularly. I also promote transparency another way by supporting NPPD's efforts to provide timely information through NPPD's website.
My priorities are to keep our electricity as reliable and cost efficient as possible. During my first 6 years on the board, there have been no retail rate increases, and wholesale rates have increased less than 2 percent, mainly due to transmission projects. I am focused on affordable and reliable electricity for the citizens and businesses we serve. I have over 20 years of experience serving on utility boards and I understand it is a complicated business and that the issues will get more complex and demanding as time goes on. I understand the business from generation to transmission to distribution. I am a 4th generation farmer/rancher in the Ag sector and I understand the issues that come with being in business in Rural Nebraska. I am from rural Nebraska and for rural Nebraska. Lastly, I am a proponent for public power in the State of Nebraska and will continue to work very hard to keep public power in Nebraska for years to come.
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