Six open houses set by NPPD on R-Project corridors for proposed transmission line

August 29, 2013

Columbus, Neb. – A series of six public open houses over the next two weeks will be hosted by the Nebraska Public Power District to receive public input on corridors for its proposed 345,000-volt transmission line, known as the R-Project.

NPPD plans to construct the approximately 220-mile long transmission line with a starting point at Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland north to a new substation near the Cherry County area, and then east to a new substation in the Holt, Antelope, or Wheeler County area.  The line will tie into the existing 345,000-volt transmission line owned by the Western Area Power Administration.

The R-Project, when completed, will help enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system, relieve congestion from existing lines within the transmission system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects. The District has narrowed the original study area, presented to landowners last January, into corridors. Input provided by the public and agency comments, along with other information, were considered as part of the process to identify corridors.

The schedule for the open houses, all of which will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., includes six sessions across the state as follows:

  • Monday, September 9- Thedford Public Schools (old gym), 304 Maple Street, Thedford, NE.
  • Tuesday, September 10- Sutherland Public School (south gym), 401 Walnut Street, Sutherland, NE
  • Wednesday, September 11- Sandhills Public School (gym), 107 Gandy Ave, Dunning, NE
  • Thursday, September 12- Community Center, 236 Main Street, Stapleton, NE
  • Monday, September 16- American Legion, 657 G Street, Burwell, NE
  • Tuesday, September 17- Wheeler Central High School (old gym), 600 Randolph West, Bartlett, NE.

“The upcoming open houses give landowners within the corridor another opportunity to provide NPPD information about their property,” said NPPD Senior Project Manager Craig Holthe. “Our open house sessions are designed for two-way communication between landowners and the project team. This process helps inform the public of why NPPD is doing this project and in turn allows us to collect needed information about property in the study corridor, whether it is identifying center pivots, tree lines that are on their property, or future plans under consideration by the landowner.”

The public is invited to attend any of the open house sessions to provide comments regarding the corridors, where the project team will be available to answer any project specific questions. Attendees should allow a minimum of 30 minutes to move through the open house and present any additional information about their property.

This is the second round of open house meetings hosted by NPPD. The first provided a project overview and identified the project’s study area. Now, the study area has been narrowed to corridors. The corridors were identified through a specific narrowing-down process (utilizing public input) of the original study area and reflect areas where potential line routes could be sited. Information received during the first two rounds of open houses will be considered to develop alternative and preferred routes, which will be shown to the public sometime in the spring of 2014.

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 powerline@nppd.com. Additional information on the project can be found at www.nppd.com/rproject.

Note to Editors/News Directors: A copy of the corridor map can be downloaded at www.nppd.com/rproject/maps.