Load Management

SWPPD Load Management Program

Full Control Hour Window: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
[Maximum of 12 Hours Off] Monday-Sunday
Sundays Will Be Treated As Full Control Days

SWPPD 2020 Irrigation Estimates SWPPD 2020 Irrigation Estimates (80 KB)

For the latest updates, click the calendar icon located within each Control Section. This will lead you to our Twitter page for your Control Program.

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One-Day Control

Irrigator is subject to being controlled full control hours one prescribed day per week plus Sunday.

Two-Day Control

Irrigator is subject to being controlled full control hours two prescribed days per week plus Sunday.


Irrigator is subject to being controlled full control hours six days a week but no longer than a six-hour period plus Sunday.

Daily Control

Irrigator is subject to full control hours six days per week plus Sunday.

Control channels are listed for the following control days.  Please check with SWPPD if you don’t already know your respective channel number.  Each channel will be communicated in every twitter control message. 

One Day Control Channels

101 – Monday Control
103 – Tuesday Control
105 – Wednesday Control
107 – Thursday Control
109 – Friday Control
111 – Saturday Control

Two Day Control Channels

113 – Monday-Thursday Control
114 – Tuesday-Friday Control
115 – Wednesday-Saturday Control

Daily Control Channels

116 – Daily Control 1
117 – Daily Control 2
118 – Daily Control 3
119 – Daily Control 4
120 – Daily Control 5
121 – Daily Control 6
122 – Daily Control 7
123 – Daily Control 8
124 – Daily Control 9
125 – Daily Control 10

Ag-Advantage Channels

281 – Ag-Advantage Group 1
282 – Ag-Advantage Group 2
283 – Ag-Advantage Group 3
284 – Ag Advantage Group 4

Changing Strategies?

If you intend to change load control strategies, please call and we can help you with your options. SWPPD does allow customers to reduce their load management control one time after the season begins.

Some reasons for changing load control:

  • Change in Crop
  • Change in Irrigation System
  • Change in Ownership

The fees for changing are as follows: Until May 16th - $50.00, after that it will cost $100. You may not increase load management control after May 31st.

Customers will also be required to pay the difference in horsepower demands charges back to the beginning of the year.

Remember:  Plan chemigation around your scheduled load control days.

Control times are based on a 14 hour day from 9:00 am - 11:00 pm, but are limited to a maximum of 12 hours a day.


SWPPD requires a capacitor on any three-phase induction motor rated at 20 horsepower or higher.  If you don’t have a capacitor or your existing one is damaged or inoperable, you are losing significant savings during the irrigation season.  The capacitor will maintain a power factor as near to 95% as possible.  If this capacitor is not connected to your motor, SWPPD will have to assess an additional 5% to the season’s irrigation bill to compensate for lost efficiency of your motor.  Be sure to mention this to your electrician while inspecting your service.

Irrigator Calculator

Every year we receive several inquiries about what it would cost to switch to a different level of control.  Using your billing horsepower and Kwh from last year, follow the step-by-step directions to estimate what a different control strategy would have cost. First, download the excel spreadsheet to plug in your numbers.

Irrigation Calculator Spreadsheet Irrigation Calculator Spreadsheet (10 KB)


1.  Enter the highest billing horsepower from months June, July, August or September

2.  Multiply that number by the appropriate cost multiplier, based on the Type of Control Strategy

3.  Enter your season total KWH

4.  Multiply that number by the KWH multiplier

5.  Add lines 2 & 3 for an estimated cost of that Control Strategy


Irrigation Efficiency Rebates

With the EnergyWise Irrigation Efficiency Program, Southwest Public Power District in partnership with Nebraska Public Power District, is seeking to help irrigators utilize water and electric energy in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Irrigation Efficiency Programs may offer:

  • Financial incentives to defray improvement costs associated with energy efficiency improvements to irrigation systems. (Payments of up to 20 cents per kilowatt-hour saved.)
  • Incentives that cover the cost of pump efficiency tests up to $350.00.

For guidelines or more information about the EnergyWise programs, please visit the Energy Smart page on this website. With specific program questions contact Colyn Suda at 308-285-3295.