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Background and Mission


In 1989, the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County formed the District Energy Corporation (DEC) under the State of Nebraska’s Interlocal Corporation Act, which allows governmental entities to form nonprofit corporations for the benefit of the citizens they serve.


There are many advantages of an interlocal corporation. They include the ability to obtain tax-exempt financing for energy projects, joint planning and the coordinated use of energy infrastructure and resources by participants and customers.


DEC's mission is to provide low-cost, reliable and efficient thermal energy services. Initially, these services were provided to the County-City building and Lancaster County Jail. Today, the scope of DEC’s operation has expanded to include the Nebraska State Capitol, Nebraska State Office building, Nebraska State Administration office, Hall of Justice building, Court House Plaza building, 900 J building, K Street Records storage facility, Lancaster County Adult Detention facility, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Canopy Lofts, Hyatt Hotel/Hobson Place Condominiums, Oscar Project and The Railyard. In all, DEC’s system serves close to 2.8 million square feet.


The reliable and efficient infrastructure and resources DEC provides today can help foster economic development of the greater Lincoln area tomorrow by providing efficient, low-cost thermal services to even more qualifying participants.



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