Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) electrifies the Cornhusker State. The government-owned electric utility, the largest in the state, provides power in 86 of the state's 93 counties. The firm has a generating capacity of about 3,130 MW and operates more than 5,200 miles of transmission lines. NPPD distributes electricity to about 89,000 retail customers in 81 cities and towns; it also provides power to about 1 million customers through wholesale power contracts with more than 50 towns and 25 public power districts. In addition, NPPD purchases electricity from the federally owned Western Area Power Administration and operates a surface water irrigation system.