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70-1412. Joint authority member; power and energy contracts; conditions; payments; member; furnish authority money, property, and services; authority; lend member funds.(1) Any public power district which is a member of the joint authority may contract to buy from the joint authority power and energy required for its present or future requirements, including the capacity and output of one or more specified projects. As the creation of a joint authority is an alternative method whereby a public power district may obtain the benefits and assume the responsibilities of ownership in a project, any such contract may provide that the public power district so contracting shall be obligated to make the payments required by the contract whether or not a project is completed, operable, or operating notwithstanding the suspension, interruption, interference, reduction, or curtailment of the output of a project or the power and energy contracted for, and that such payments under the contract shall not be subject to any reduction, whether by offset or otherwise, and shall not be conditioned upon the performance or nonperformance of the joint authority or any other member of the joint authority under the contract or any other instrument. Any contract with respect to the sale or purchase of capacity or output of a project entered into between a joint authority and its member public power districts may also provide that if one or more of such public power districts shall default in the payment of its or their obligations with respect to the purchase of such capacity or output, then the remainder of the member public power districts, which are purchasing capacity and output under the contract, shall be required to accept and pay for and shall be entitled proportionately to use or otherwise dispose of the capacity or output which was to be purchased by the defaulting public power district.Any such contracts with respect to the sale or purchase of capacity, output, power, or energy from a project may extend for a period not exceeding fifty years from the date a project is estimated to be placed in normal continuous operation; and the execution and effectiveness of such contract shall not be subject to any authorizations or approvals by the state or any agency, commission, or instrumentality, or political subdivision thereof.(2) Payments by a public power district under any contract for the purchase of capacity and output from a joint authority shall be made from the revenue derived from the ownership and operation of the electric system of such public power district. A public power district shall be obligated to fix, charge, and collect rents, rates, fees, and charges for electric power and energy and other services, facilities, and commodities sold, furnished, or supplied through its electric system sufficient to provide revenue adequate to meet its obligations under any such contract and to pay any and all other amounts payable from or constituting a charge and lien upon such revenue, including amounts sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on bonds, if any, issued by the public power district for purposes related to its electric system.(3) Any public power district which is a member of a joint authority may furnish the joint authority with money derived from the ownership and operation of its electric system or facilities and provide the joint authority with personnel, equipment, and property, both real and personal. Any public power district may also provide any services to a joint authority.(4) Any member of a joint authority may contract for, advance, or contribute funds derived solely from the ownership and operation of its electric system or facilities to a joint authority as may be agreed upon by the joint authority and the member, and the joint authority shall repay such advances or contributions from proceeds of bonds, from operating revenue, or from other funds of the joint authority, together with interest at a rate agreed upon by the member and the joint authority.(5) The joint authority may advance and lend to its members funds derived from the issuance of its bonds as may be agreed upon by the joint authority and the member, and such member shall repay such advances or contributions together with interest at a rate agreed upon by the members and the joint authority. SourceLaws 1982, LB 852, § 12.