The South Central Public Power District is a not-for-profit electric distribution system that provides low-cost electricity to Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster Counties and portions of Adams, Fillmore, Thayer and Hamilton Counties in Nebraska.
The 1,750 square-mile service area of South Central Public Power District is technically considered part of the loess (windblown silt) plains region of Nebraska, but the area is actually more diverse than the phrase “loess plains” implies.
Most of Clay County is within the “Rainwater Basin”, an area of relatively level plains interspersed with wetlands used as a layover spring and fall by migratory birds for eons. Most of this area is blessed with a vast and thick aquifer that supports extensive irrigated agriculture.
The Little Blue River, an important segment of the Oregon Trail, cuts northwest to southeast across the middle of the service area. Most of the area south of the Little Blue River valley in Webster and Nuckolls Counties tends to have thinner aquifers, if any, and features dissected plains. The Republican River flows from west to east just north of the southern boundary of the District.
This part of Nebraska is blessed with rich farmland, innovative farm operators, progressive small communities and good people.
South Central provides electric service to homes and businesses in 16 incorporated communities and transmits power to an additional five communities who operate their own distribution systems in addition to serving the rural areas of its service area. South Central serves over 8,200 meters and operates over 2,500 miles of electric power lines.
The Headquarters and operations center of South Central Public Power District is in Nelson, Nebraska. A second line crew operates out of Clay Center, Nebraska.