Public hearing set for Hoskins to Neligh transmission line

July 24, 2013

Columbus, Neb. – A series of four public hearings on Nebraska Public Power District’s Hoskins to Neligh 345,000-Volt Transmission Line Project are scheduled for early August. Sessions will be held in Stanton, Norfolk, Neligh and Pierce, with each meeting having a one hour open house prior to the formal hearing.

NPPD plans to construct a 345,000-volt transmission line from the District’s Hoskins substation, located southwest of Hoskins, to a new substation in the Neligh area. In addition, four 115,000-volt transmission line segments will be routed from the new substation to existing lines.

This new transmission line will enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects. Specifically, this project will help serve customers’ electricity demands in north central Nebraska.

The public hearings are scheduled for Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6. The following dates, times and locations have been established for each hearing.

Monday, August 5 – St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 1504 Ivy Street, Stanton; Open House from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, August 5 – Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 801 Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk; Open House from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6 – American Legion, 115 W. Third Street, Neligh; Open House from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6 – Pierce Junior/Senior High School, 201 N. Sunset, Pierce; Open House from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public hearing, required under Nebraska statutes, is held to present the proposed transmission project. A hearing officer will facilitate the hearing and a court reporter will be used to document all presentations by Nebraska Public Power District and landowner comments and questions.

The first part of the public hearing consists of presentations on the project by Nebraska Public Power District and its engineering consulting firm, HDR. The topics will include the need for the project, engineering aspects, line route selection, and the easement acquisition process. Once that portion of the hearing is completed, the public will have an opportunity to speak.

Any individual can supply testimony or ask questions about the line project in two ways. One way is for the individual to speak from the podium, state their name and county where the property is located, and either present information that they feel is needed about the project, or ask questions about the project. Comment cards will also be available for landowners who prefer not to speak at the podium, but desire to make a statement or ask a question. The comment or question will be read aloud during the hearing.

Prior to each public hearing, NPPD will host a one hour open house prior to the formal hearing. Again, this will be an opportunity for the public to provide additional information regarding their property or ask specific questions about the project. NPPD representatives will also be available following the public hearing to meet with landowners.

Following a 30-day comment period (which will conclude September 5, 2013), NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners for right-of-entry to conduct activities on the property. The initial activities include conducting surveys of proposed easement areas and proceeding with appraisal work. After engineering is completed, right-of-way agents will meet with landowners to fully explain the project as it relates to their specific property and explain terms and conditions of the easement needed for the line. NPPD strives for fair and respectful treatment of affected landowners during the entire process.

Always there when you need us, NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver reliable, low-cost sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 600,000 Nebraskans in 86 of the state’s 93 counties with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services. Information on NPPD can be found at www.nppd.com.