October 22, 2012
Columbus, Neb. – Two open houses will be hosted by Nebraska Public Power District next week concerning the development of a route for a new 345,000-volt transmission line between the District’s Hoskins substation located east of Norfolk in Stanton County, west to the Neligh area. The site for the new substation at Neligh has not been determined.
The line will enhance reliability of the transmission system, provide a high capacity line to north-central Nebraska, reduce existing system congestion to allow for better utilization of our generation resource mix, and provide for further wind development in the state.
The first open house, which will focus on a study area, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, located at 801 E Benjamin Ave., Norfolk. A second open house will be Thursday, Oct. 25, at the American Legion Building located at 115 W. 3rd in Neligh, also from 2 to 8 p.m. A complete visit of the various project information stations will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
Landowners in the study area have been sent invitations to attend either of these two open house events. NPPD officials noted that no routes have been determined at this time. At the open houses in Norfolk and Neligh, NPPD will collect information from landowners on land use, pivots, wells, planned facilities, residences, and other information. Each landowner will have the opportunity to identify this information and have it recorded into a GIS system that will be used in developing potential corridors for the lines.
Additional information will be available on the need for the project, the route selection process, right-of-way activities, easement compensation, engineering, and environmental considerations.
The open house is one phase of NPPD’s comprehensive public involvement process that is used on its transmission line projects. To develop line routes for the project, NPPD will meet extensively with the public to obtain comments and other valuable information needed for the route-siting/decision making process, beginning with the public open house sessions. NPPD will use a variety of communication methods to interact with area landowners; local, county, and state government officials; and representatives of appropriate regulatory agencies.
The upcoming round of open houses is the first of four rounds of public informational meetings NPPD plans to host. The first three rounds will be open houses and the fourth round will be a public hearing.