NPPD Provides Transmission Line Project Update

August 25, 2010

Minden, Neb. – Representatives from Nebraska Public Power District met this week with area elected officials, community, businesses and industry leaders in Kearney and Franklin counties to provide them with updates about NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Electric Transmission Line Project. The public outreach meetings were held at Franklin on Aug. 25 and Minden on Aug. 26.  

NPPD’s new 345,000-volt line will run from a substation near Axtell, east toward Minden and then south to the Nebraska/Kansas border at a location generally halfway between Franklin and Riverton. Construction on the 53-mile Axtell to Kansas Project is scheduled to begin late 2011, with an in-service date of December 2012.

The Axtell to Kansas Project is needed for two primary reasons: to help keep electric rates low and to enhance reliability of the electric system. When completed, the new transmission line will allow NPPD to more efficiently operate its western Nebraska power generating resources which will result in savings for ratepayers. Also, the new line will develop an additional north/south path for energy (only one such pathway currently exists in western Nebraska).

At the outreach meetings earlier this week, NPPD introduced those in attendance to several of the right-of-way personnel who will be working with area landowners. Information was also presented about the current status of the project, e.g., right-of-entry agreements, engineering and surveying activities, and soil testing. Other activities expected to begin this fall include completion of a detailed wetlands inventory and a cultural resource survey along the line route.

NPPD also noted that it has opened a field office in Minden to provide service to the area related to the Axtell to Kansas Project. The office is located at 528 N. Minden Avenue. To contact the office, phone (308) 832-1208.