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70-655. Reasonable rates required; negotiated rates authorized; conditions.(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the board of directors of any district organized under or subject to Chapter 70, article 6, shall have the power and be required to fix, establish, and collect adequate rates, tolls, rents, and other charges for electrical energy, water service, water storage, and for any and all other commodities, including ethanol and hydrogen, services, or facilities sold, furnished, or supplied by the district, which rates, tolls, rents, and charges shall be fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory, and so adjusted as in a fair and equitable manner to confer upon and distribute among the users and consumers of commodities and services furnished or sold by the district the benefits of a successful and profitable operation and conduct of the business of the district.(2) The board of directors may negotiate, fix, establish, and collect rates, tolls, rents, and other charges for users and consumers of electrical energy and associated services or facilities different from those of other users and consumers. Any negotiated rates, tolls, rents, and other charges for a commercial or industrial customer shall be effective for no more than five years and in no case shall such rates, tolls, rents, and charges be less than the cost of supplying such services if (a) such customer has entered an agreement with the state or any political subdivision to provide an economic development project pursuant to state or local law and (b) such economic development project has projected new or additional electrical load requirements greater than five hundred kilowatts and a minimum annual load demand factor of sixty percent during the applicable billing period. Any negotiated contract or agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall contain a provision stating that any general retail rate increase approved by the board of directors shall include the parties to a contract or agreement for a discounted rate. This subsection shall also apply to any nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of furnishing electric service pursuant to the Electric Cooperative Corporation Act or the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act.(3) In order to facilitate the merger and consolidation of districts, the board of directors of a merged or consolidated district may negotiate, fix, establish, and collect rates, tolls, rents, and other charges for consumers in the service area of one or more of the predecessor districts which are different than rates, tolls, rents, and other charges for consumers in the remaining service area of the merged or consolidated district. Any different rates, tolls, rents, and other charges pursuant to this subsection shall be effective for no more than five years after the date of merger or consolidation and shall be based on cost of service or other rate studies showing that adoption of dissimilar rates for consumers in otherwise similar rate classes is needed to effectuate the merger or consolidation. This subsection shall also apply in the event of a merger or consolidation of any nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of furnishing electric service pursuant to the Electric Cooperative Corporation Act or the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. SourceLaws 1933, c. 86, § 13, p. 353; Laws 1937, c. 152, § 8, p. 589; Laws 1939, c. 89, § 1, p. 388; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 70-713; R.S.1943, § 70-655; Laws 1981, LB 181, § 26; Laws 1986, LB 1230, § 47; Laws 1995, LB 828, § 2; Laws 2001, LB 243, § 1; Laws 2005, LB 139, § 16. Cross ReferencesElectric Cooperative Corporation Act, see section 70-701.Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act, see section 21-1901. AnnotationsRent collected under this section would not necessarily have to be cash rent, but would only have to be reasonable consideration. Jeffrey Lake Dev. v. Central Neb. Pub. Power and Irr. Dist., 262 Neb. 515, 633 N.W.2d 102 (2001).A dissimilar rate may not be imposed for similar service solely on the basis that the additional source of the power or energy is more costly than previous sources. All of the sources must properly be blended into a rate which results in all customers obtaining the same service under the same conditions being charged the same rate. McGinley v. Wheat Belt P. P. Dist., 214 Neb. 178, 332 N.W.2d 915 (1983).Potentially conflicting interests within a class are incompatible with the maintenance of a true class action and this aspect may be disposed of upon motion for summary judgment. Blankenship v. Omaha P. P. Dist., 195 Neb. 170, 237 N.W.2d 86 (1976).It was intended to permit the business of a power district to be operated in a successful and profitable manner. City of O'Neill v. Consumers P. P. Dist., 179 Neb. 773, 140 N.W.2d 644 (1966).Board of directors is authorized to establish and collect adequate rates for electrical energy. York County Rural P. P. Dist. v. O'Connor, 172 Neb. 602, 111 N.W.2d 376 (1961).Powers conferred are intended to permit district to be operated in a successful and profitable manner. United Community Services v. Omaha Nat. Bank, 162 Neb. 786, 77 N.W.2d 576 (1956).Under assumed contract, district could not increase annual maintenance charge. Faught v. Platte Valley P. P. & I. Dist., 155 Neb. 141, 51 N.W.2d 253 (1952).District is not exempt from payment of charges under Federal Power Act. Central Neb. P. P. & I. Dist. v. Federal Power Commission, 160 F.2d 782 (8th Cir. 1947).