National Public Gas Agency Services

THE POWER OF PURPOSE

The National Public Gas Agency (NPGA) is one of four organizations that make up the NMPP Energy coalition. NPGA provides wholesale natural gas to communities that own their own natural gas systems. NPGA serves municipal utilities throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming. NPGA provides the following services:

Gas Supply Planning

Being a member-driven organization, NPGA works directly with its Board of Directors in planning its long-term gas supply strategy with the goal of providing reliable and reasonably priced gas supply for its members while ensuring financial stability and rational growth.

Purchase and Management

NPGA staff and management work on behalf of its members and customer communities by purchasing and managing gas volumes each month for each community based on the hedging policy and parameters put in place by the NPGA Board of Directors. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations, NPGA continually strives to find beneficial solutions and cost-effective ways in delivering value to its members.

Level Purchase Plan for Hedge Management

NPGA's Level Purchasing Plan program is a systematic purchase plan for projected gas supply needs to help offset volatility of the natural gas market. The member-driven program is regularly reviewed and approved by the NPGA Board of Directors.  

Pipeline and Regulatory Advocacy

NPGA advocates for its member communities regarding interstate pipeline rate cases and state and federal natural gas regulatory issues. NPGA is active on the state and federal level and works with the American Public Gas Association with the goal of advocating for its members.

SERVICES PROVIDED TO ALL NMPP MEMBERS

All members of the NMPP Energy coalition also have access to services provided by NMPP services. These are affordable, high-impact services including:

Rate Services

Cost of Service/Retail Rate Design Studies
Aids decision-makers in understanding system costs and determining rates for large and small customers. more info

Wholesale Energy Cost Analysis
Provides cost comparison between existing electricity wholesale supplier and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska.

Annual Rate Survey of Regional Municipal Utilities
An annual survey of electric, water and sewer rates of more than 130 regional municipal utilities, including NMPP members and non-members.

Regulatory Assistance Services

EIA Reporting Assistance
NMPP provides assistance in preparing U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Energy Information Administration EIA-860 (Annual Electric Generator Report), Form EIA-861 (Annual Electric Power Industry Report) and EIA-923 (Annual Power Plant Operations Report). see flyer

Clean Air Act Applications
Assistance completing the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s application for Air Contaminant Source Specific Permit for electric power plants.

NDEE Reporting Assistance
Assistance with applications and filings required by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) including permit applications/renewals, emissions reporting, records maintenance and more.

Electric Distribution Services Program

Annual ongoing program assisting utilities in maintaining their electric distribution systems. Includes services such as meter verification audits and infrared energy audits to benefit large account customers. Can be customized to fit utility's needs. Program participants also receive National Electric Safety Code Manual, APPA safety manuals, PCB manual and more. Click here for an EDS program flyer.

Infrared Energy Audits
Identifies abnormal heat in electrical and mechanical systems, helps predict equipment trouble and revenue loss.

Meter Verification Audits
Ensures utilities that their large account electric meters are working properly. Click here for more information.

Commercial/Industrial Energy Audits
Staff assists MEAN bulk power participants by performing an energy audit, recommending steps to improve energy efficiency and linking utility customers with a grant or loan program. This service is also available to all NMPP members on a cost-based basis.

Power Supply Planning and Dispatching
Staff conduct Integrated Resource Planning studies and develop projections for electric load growth; economical scheduling of generating resources; mutual aid; monitoring of community electrical loads and more.

Education Services

Member Exclusive Education Sessions
Workshops, retreats and forums covering a variety of topics for member communities and their development. Past workshops topics include load management, smart grid operations, net metering, energy efficiency, economic development, and business retention and expansion.

Economic/Industrial Development Assistance
Staff provides developmental tools and resource information to help member communities create quality living and steady growth in your community.

Essent Newsletter Subscription
All NMPP members receive complimentary copies of the monthly Essent newsletter that covers news and pertinent information to the membership of NMPP.

NMPP Electric Utility Training Initiative Scholarship
This scholarship provides funding for reimbursement of registration/tuition fees for qualifying electric utility training programs. Click here to download a scholarship application. For upcoming training opportunities through the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) click here. For upcoming training opportunities through Kansas Municipal Utilities click here.

Utility & Business Management Software

PowerManager®
PowerManager® – A powerful software package that allows utilities and businesses to handle a diverse range of tasks, including payroll, inventory, billing, accounts receivable, general ledger, accounts payable, budget projection and more.

Customer Relations Services

Community Utility Newsletter
Staff assists utilities/communities in designing and producing your utility/community creation of utility newsletter to enhance customer communication. Read more

Utility Brochure Service
Development of brochure to promote your electric utility.

Logo Creation
Development of utility or city logo to enhance the image in the community.

Electric Demand Services

Power Factor Improvement
Assistance in determining sizing and location of capacitance to improve overall system efficiency.

Net Metering Service
A three-option service that assists member utilities in fulfilling their net metering service obligation through affordable, cost-based rates. Net Metering Flyer - pdf

General Services

Mutual Aid Program
NMPP coordinates a mutual aid program between members for disaster recovery and emergency assistance. Click here for more information on the program.

Natural Gas Feasibility Studies
Determines whether your community should own and operate its natural gas system.

Energy Research and Development Scholarship Fund
Funding for projects and studies that promote innovative energy efficiency. Click here for more details.

Legislative Advocacy
NMPP continually monitors issues and advocates on behalf of its membership, keeping the value of local control at the heart of its philosophy.