Scottsbluff, Neb. – With a focus on preferred and alternative routes for its Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission line project, Nebraska Public Power District will hold an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street in Gering, from 2 to 8 p.m.
This will be the third open house on the project by NPPD since January 2014. Since then the project team has been reviewing public comments and meeting with various agencies while working to narrow the initial study area down to corridors, and now to preferred and alternative routes. Project Manager Jedd Fischer noted, “Although we have preferred and alternative routes for this project, no final route has been determined. We will continue to gather additional comments from landowners and various agencies before making a final determination.”
The Stegall to Scottsbluff project consists of routing and siting a new 115,000-volt electric transmission line from NPPD’s 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 length is estimated to be 23 miles and expected to be in service by mid-2017.
Attendees should allow 30-60 minutes to walk through the displays and interact with NPPD representatives.
The open houses are held to allow landowners the opportunity to learn more about the project, including the need and benefit for the project, structure types, right-of-way acquisition, and routing criteria, as well as provide NPPD staff with information about each landowner’s property.
“The Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission line will strengthen electric reliability in the Panhandle region of Nebraska and we encourage landowners who have been identified to attend and provide us with comments on the preferred and alternative routes,” NPPD Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent explained.
“We have had good turnouts at our first two open houses,” Fischer added. “We do encourage all landowners along the routes to attend and make comments related to their specific property. Even if a landowner has been to a previous open house, new, more detailed information is available regarding the project.”
Fischer also noted that there has been a misconception that NPPD plans to use lattice-style, steel towers as the structures to support the line. “NPPD plans to use a combination of single pole and H-frame structures made of steel. There are no plans to use the large lattice-style, steel structures,” he explained.
The Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission line project 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.
For those who are unable to attend the open house in person, an online open house meeting will be available at www.nppd.com/stegall-scottsbluff, beginning Aug. 20. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the project hotline at 1-888-677-3412.
Editor’s Note: Attached are photos of the types of structures that NPPD has planned for the Stegall to Scottsbluff line.