- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) - In a story Sept. 2 about South Sioux City switching electricity utilities, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said the city’s rate would have increased by 0.6 percent annually under the terms of a new wholesale contract with the utility. That increase only would have pertained to 2016, not future years of the contract.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Nebraska city switching utilities to get better rates

South Sioux City opts to switch utilities in search of better rates, more renewable power

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) - One northeast Nebraska city will get electricity from a different utility as part of an effort to get better rates and more renewable power.

South Sioux City decided to start buying power from Lincoln Electric System instead of the Nebraska Public Power System starting in 2017.

City Administrator Lance Hedquist said Wednesday the deal is expected to save utility customers at least $1.5 million a year.

And Hedquist said the new contract will give the city more flexibility to develop its own wind or solar power projects. Twenty-six utilities responded when the city started exploring its options.

NPPD spokesman Mark Becker defended the utility’s rates and service. He says South Sioux City would have seen a small rate increase of 0.6 percent in 2016 under a new wholesale contract.

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