Columbus, Neb. – The Nebraska Public Power District will host open house sessions in Norfolk and Neligh to receive public input on its Hoskins to Neligh 345,000-volt transmission line project.
The first open house informational meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 25, at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Avenue, in Norfolk. The second session will be held in Neligh at the American Legion, 115 W. 3rd Street. NPPD representatives will be available from 2 to 8 p.m. to explain the project – from needs and benefits to right-of-way to engineering aspects of the project. Attendees should allow for at least 30 minutes to walk through the open house and provide additional information to NPPD.
The Hoskins to Neligh transmission line is being built to enhance transmission system reliability and provide opportunities for additional renewable energy generation. In addition to developing a route for the new line, the project also involves rerouting four existing 115,000-volt transmission lines into a new substation. The project begins at NPPD’s Hoskins substation, located northeast of Norfolk, and will run west to a new substation site, at a location yet to be determined, in the Neligh area.
This is the second of four rounds of open houses to be held on this project to discuss with landowners the Hoskins to Neligh Project. The first round of open houses, held last October, provided a project overview and identified the project’s study area. From those sessions, NPPD gathered information from landowners about their property and has since reduced the initial study area to a more narrow “corridor” boundary.
Identified landowners within the corridor have been contacted with invitation letters, but the public is welcome to attend as well. The open houses allow landowners, business owners and other individuals within the corridor to give NPPD and its engineering consultants information that will develop final transmission line routes. At this time, NPPD has not developed any final line routes for the project.
All information NPPD receives in its public involvement process is placed into a database that will be used to narrow down the corridor into the development of potential routes and alternative routes.
For more information or questions regarding the project or open houses, contact project communications coordinator Jill Novicki at 1-888-677-3412 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the project can be found at www.nppd.com/hoskins-neligh.