OPPD’s The Wire turns two; visitors get inside look at utility

We are celebrating the second anniversary of The Wire, OPPD’s online news service that covers energy-related issues and takes you behind the scenes at the 70-year old public power utility.

In June 2015, we made good on a promise to share OPPD news with our many audiences in a timely and transparent manner via oppdthewire.com. Since that time, 62,000 people have visited the site to view more than 400 posts that include stories, videos and infographics. Through mid-June, page views total 350,500.

Visitors have come mostly from Nebraska, but also from every state and many other countries.

Stories about our changing generation portfolio have been the top viewed stories, including news and historical pieces about Fort Calhoun Station. However, stories about how our crews restore service during storms and how power plant personnel maintain equipment are popular, too. Here are the top 10 most-viewed stories since the site went online in June 2015, followed by page views.

  1. Fort Calhoun Station now officially offline (6,918)
  2. It’s an end of an era at North Omaha Station (3,496)
  3. Facebook coming to OPPD service territory (2,228)
  4. Defueling FCS coast down process (1,725)
  5. Employees tell the story of Fort Calhoun Station (1,689)
  6. What does executive order mean for OPPD? (1,508)
  7. Veteran TV reporter became face, voice of OPPD (1,351)
  8. A stranger saved her life, bonding them forever (1,096)
  9. Grab your gloves: hassle-free holiday lights (1,065)
  10. OPPD transforming business practices (1,002)

Other top features are ones that show the types of work employees do and that explain processes, such as how does an electric system circuit work or what is a nuclear fuel bundle.

The Wire’s companion site – stormandoutage.com – has been online since January 2015. It provides timely outage information and content around safety, reliability and weather. Customers can view outage map and updates, report outages, access live weather map and get safety tips.

From June 16-18, following the storm that knocked out power to 76,000 customers, more than 34,500 visitors to the site viewed 145,500 pages that contained outage updates, our outage map, safety tips, and stories about how restoration is done, what customers should do if their electric equipment was ripped from heir home, what to do with tree debris and more.

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