NPPD preparing for third round of open house meetings

February 23, 2010

“Transmission line routes identified

Minden, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District is hosting two open houses on March 10 and 11 in Franklin, Neb. and Minden, Neb., respectively.

At the open houses, NPPD will gather property owner information and provide the public with a look at possible line routes for NPPD’s new Axtell to Kansas 345,000-volt Electric Transmission Line Project. The new transmission line will run from a substation near Axtell, Neb., to a location at the Nebraska/Kansas border southeast of Franklin where it will meet with a similar transmission line project being built by ITC Great Plains.

Alternative line routes and a “preferred” line route will be presented at the open houses. No final route for the new transmission line has been identified at this time.

Prior to the third round of open houses, NPPD representatives met in late February with area elected officials, community and business leaders at meetings in Axtell, Franklin and Hildreth, Neb. NPPD also gave informational presentations recently to the South Platte United Chamber of Commerce and the Minden Chamber of Commerce. To inquire about scheduling a presentation, contact NPPD’s communication specialist Mark Miller at 402.563.5851.

NPPD is undertaking the Axtell to Kansas Project because, when completed, it will ease congestion in the regional transmission network and allow NPPD to more effectively operate its power generating resources. This will give NPPD increased flexibility in the generation, transmission and delivery of energy which, ultimately, will save ratepayers money. Additionally, the new line will develop a new north/south path for energy (only one such pathway currently exists in western Nebraska), which will enhance overall system reliability.

The open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop by at their convenience. On March 10, the Franklin open house will be held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds Ag Center. On March 11, the Minden open house will be held at the Kearney County Fairgrounds. This is the third round of open houses for NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Project. The first round in September focused on the project study area. For the second round in November, the study area was narrowed to four possible corridors.

Construction of the NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Project is scheduled to begin in early 2012 with an in-service date of December 2012. Cost of the 345,000-volt transmission line project has been initially estimated at approximately $87 million. This includes expansion of NPPD’s Axtell Substation.

NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver low-cost reliable 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 1 million Nebraskans with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services.