NPPD continues to seek input public into proposed Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission line

April 21, 2014

Scottsbluff, Neb. – The second open house for Nebraska Public Power District’s Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission line project is set for Monday, April 28, at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street in Gering.

The Stegall to Scottsbluff project consists of routing and siting a new 115,000-volt electric transmission line from the existing Scottsbluff substation, to a new substation to be built approximately five miles south of Stegall, near an existing substation operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The line is estimated to cover 23 miles and be in service by mid-2017.

Hours for the open house will be from 2 to 8 p.m., and attendees should allow 30-60 minutes to walk through the displays and interact with NPPD representatives.

This will be the second open house NPPD has hosted for this project, with the initial one held this past January. The open houses are held to allow potentially affected landowners the opportunity to learn more about the project, the corridors, need and benefit for the project, structure types, right-of-way acquisition, and routing criteria, and provide NPPD staff with information about their property, as part of the routing process.

“We had a very good turnout at our January open house,” said Project Manager Jedd Fischer. “Any landowners who were unable to attend and want to make comment related to their specific property are encouraged to come to this open house.”

The Stegall to Scottsbluff line was identified by the Southwest Power Pool (of which NPPD is a member) as a line that will enhance transmission system reliability in the western Nebraska Panhandle region, and meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards.

Since the initial open house in January, the project team has been reviewing public comments and meeting with various agencies while working to narrow the initial study area to corridors. Fischer pointed out that approximately a 42 percent reduction in square miles has been made from the original study area.

For those who are unable to attend the open house in person, they can visit an online open house meeting at www.nppd.com/stegall-scottsbluff. Abbreviated information, maps and drawings from the open house will be available, and landowners will have the opportunity to provide comments. Landowners can also share their feedback by e-mailing powerline@nppd.com or by calling the project hotline at 1-888-677-3412.

(Note to Editors: Corridor maps for downloading can be found at http://www.nppd.com/stegall-scottsbluff/.)