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Extremely Competitive Utilities

Hastings Utilities, a full-service municipally-owned utility, operates the Electric, Natural Gas, Water and Sanitary Sewer service within the City. Hastings Nebraska residents enjoy some of the most reliable and reasonably-priced utilities in the nation. Hastings Utilities also supplies electricity to many surrounding rural areas, with Southern Nebraska Rural Power District supplying the remainder of Adams County. Hastings Utilities purchases natural gas from numerous suppliers and maintains firm transportation capacity on both the Trailblazer and SourceGas interstate pipeline systems. Having access to two pipelines allows Hastings Utilities the ability to source gas supplies from the most economic alternative available. In addition, Hastings Utilities maintains two propane air "peak shaving" facilities located within its distribution system. These facilities further enhance reliability and can be used as economic hedges during periods in which natural gas price spikes occur.
Besides its standard "bundled" rate offering provided to residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers, Hastings Utilities offers larger volume commercial or industrial customers the ability to contract for firm or interruptible transportation and gas supplies. At the customer's option, fixed or index supply pricing is available with cost subject to market conditions at the time.

SourceGas, Inc., an investor-owned utility, serves the remainder of Adams County with natural gas service. Natural gas is available without quantity limitations.  Rate information is available from HEDC upon request.

Utility Capacities


Current Average Usage 

Output Potential 


49,300,000  kwh/month

143.4 megawatts


165,000 mmbtu/month

694,000 mmbtu/month


7,840,000 gal/day

34,500,000 gal/day


4,000,000 gal/day

6,000,000 gal/day

Natural Gas

Natural Gas Available 



Hastings Utilities 

Additional sources are in interconnection with Nebraska Public Power District; supply contact with Western Area Power Administration Municipal power tool.  



Hastings Utilities

KW Capacity


KW Peak Demand

101 megawatts

Source: Hastings Utilities, 2008

Electrical Facilities

Hastings Utilities has an optimum mix of base load, intermediate and peaking generation facilities. The Whelan Energy Center (WEC), a 77-megawatt (net output) coal fired power plant, was competed in 1982 and is an extremely economical power supply. Hastings Utilities also has a long term firm purchase power contract with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), which provides low cost hydro power from the Federal dam projects to the city.

During peak consumption periods when the WEC and WAPA power is not adequate to meet the city demand, Hastings Utilities will select the most economic alternative and either purchase power from a third party source or bring a gas fired generation unit on line to handle additional demand. Hastings Utilities has two dual fuel natural gas fired (diesel backup) combustion steam turbines to handle intermediate and peaking load needs and one quick start duel fuel turbine for short term peaking needs.

Hastings Utilities is partnering with four other public power electrical utilities to construct an additional 220 MW (megawatt) of generating capacity on the site of the existing Whelan Energy Center Unit 1.  Hastings Utilities will own an additional 35 megawatts of production capacity from the new project (WEC Unit 2) which is scheduled to be online in Spring 2011.  This added generation should secure Hastings Utilities' capacity needs well into the future.



6,000,000 gals/day 

Present Load 

4,380,00 gals/day 

Sewer use charge 


Source: Hastings Utilities, 2008

Sewer Facilities

A three-year-long plant modernization and expansion project was completed in 2004. The $10 million expansion added 2 million gallons capacity per day. The facility began operation in 1982.

Type of sewage treatment secondary rotating; biological contractor and trickling filter with anaerobic digestion.  All bio-solids are land applied at agronomic rates meeting the requirements of the EPA 503 sludge rules.


Water supplied by 


Name of supplier 

Hastings Utilities 

Source of city water 

Underground water 

Number of wells 


Peak consumption 

21,000,000 gals/day 

System capacity 

34,000,000 gals/day 

Storage capacity 


Hardness (ppm) 

232 mg/1 as CaCO3



Temperature Range

52-56 degree

Source: Hastings Utilities, 2008

Water Facilities

The water system has been expanded recently raising the total number of wells to 21. The water is clear and clean, requiring no treatment, with an average winter tap temperature of 52-54 degrees and average summer tap temperature of 54-56 degrees. The chemical make-up varies at different wells. For specific information, contact HEDC.


Local Capabilities

Two communication companies are located two miles south of the site: PinPoint with Level 3 and Windstream Communications. PinPoint and Level 3 have cooperative fiber optic services..

Windstream Communications

Windstream can offer dark fiber but has been reluctant to do so. They have digital switching and a fully redundant network with Optical SONET/IP services from OC -12 that is ring protected. The point of presences for Windstream is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fiber can be extended to the site within the 18-24 months requested.  The Hastings retail store is located at 321 North St Joseph.
Source: Windstream, 2008

Pinpoint with Level 3

Pinpoint Network Services is an regional intrastate and interstate carrier featuring a diverse, long-haul fiber route extending from the Denver, CO to Chicago, IL and Chicago IL to New Orleans, LA. The fully redundant network includes more than 340 fiber miles (lit and dark fiber) in Nebraska and 2000 fiber miles in the entire route, as well as connection to on-net facilities with Level 3, AT&T, Qwest, Verizon, Sprint, 360 Networks, Cogent, Paetec, Iowa Network Services, SDN Communications, McLeod USA, Fiber One and Windstream.  Pinpoints Transport Service provides both SONET and IP based services; OC-n (3-192) and 10Mbps to 10 Gbps are available in Nebraska, the domestic United States and abroad. Pinpoint will sell dark fiber, where available, along its fiber route. Fiber can be extended to the site within the 18-24 months requested.
Source: Pinpoint, 2008

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