Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District will host an open house next week concerning the development of a route for a new 115,000 volt transmission line from the existing Scottsbluff Substation to a new substation to be built approximately five miles south of Stegall near the existing Stegall Substation owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
This transmission line is being built to enhance transmission system reliability in the western Nebraska Panhandle region and to meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards for the western Nebraska area.
The open house will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Gering Civic Center, Oregon Trail Room, 1050 M Street, Gering, Neb. The open house, which will focus on the study area for the project, will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those attending should plan a minimum of 30 minutes to walk through the displays and talk to NPPD representatives.
NPPD officials noted that no routes have been determined at this time. At the open house, NPPD will collect information from landowners on land use, pivots, wells, planned facilities, residences, and other information. Each landowner will have the opportunity to identify this information and have it recorded into a GIS system that will be used in developing potential corridors for the lines.
Additional information will be available on the need for the project, the route selection process, right-of-way activities, easement compensation, engineering, and environmental considerations.
The open house is one phase of NPPD’s comprehensive public involvement process that is used on its transmission line projects. To develop line routes for the project, NPPD will meet extensively with the public to obtain comments and other valuable information needed for the route-siting/decision making process, beginning with the public open house sessions. NPPD will use a variety of communication methods to interact with area landowners; local, county, and state government officials; and representatives of appropriate regulatory agencies.
The upcoming open house is the first of four public informational meetings NPPD plans to host. The first three rounds will be open houses and the fourth round will be a public hearing.
While it is best to attend the open house in person, if you are unable to attend, please reference the Online Open House within the project website at www.nppd.com/stegall-scottsbluff/. Abbreviated information, maps and drawings from the open house meetings will be provided, as well as an opportunity to provide comments.
For more information or questions regarding the open house, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-677-3412.
Note to Editors/News Directors: Maps of the study area can be viewed at http://www.nppd.com/stegall-scottsbluff/maps/.