Nebraska Revised Statute 70-1011
Suppliers; service outside area; application for approval; when granted; applicability of section.
Except by agreement of the suppliers involved, no supplier shall offer electric service to additional ultimate users outside its service area or construct or acquire a new electric line or extend an existing line into the service area of another supplier for the purpose of furnishing service to ultimate users therein without first applying to the board and receiving approval thereof, after due notice and hearing under rules and regulations of the board. Such approval shall be granted only if the board finds that the customer or customers proposed to be served cannot or will not be furnished adequate electric service by the supplier in whose service area the customer is located, or that the provision thereof by such supplier would involve wasteful and unwarranted duplication of facilities. This section shall not apply to agreements referred to in subsection (2) of section 70-1002.
- Laws 1963, c. 397, § 11, p. 1264;
- Laws 1981, LB 181, § 48.
Absent annexation or concurrence of the adjoining supplier, the only present means for a municipal power supplier to obtain a modification of its service area is by establishing that the present supplier cannot or will not furnish adequate electrical service or that its doing so involves a wasteful and unwarranted duplication of facilities. In re Application of City of Lincoln, 243 Neb. 458, 500 N.W.2d 183 (1993).
Where there is no competent evidence to sustain elements necessary to warrant invasion of area service rights of supplier, order of board permitting it is arbitrary and in conflict with public policy. Cornhusker P. P. Dist. v. Loup River P. P. Dist., 184 Neb. 789, 172 N.W.2d 235 (1969).