Open house on preferred, alternative line routes to be presented at Broken Bow meeting November 17

November 2, 2010

Broken Bow, Neb. -Nebraska Public Power District will host an open house on Wednesday, November 17, for its Broken Bow115,000-Volt Transmission Line Project, where preferred and alternative transmission line routes will be discussed with area landowners.

The open house will run from 2 to 8 p.m. and will be held at Huckleberry’s Hideout, 625 South Tenth Avenue in Broken Bow. Those individuals affected by any of the proposed routes were sent invitations to attend the open house, which is open to the public.

“We have narrowed the number of choices where the new line may be built to preferred and alternative line routes,” said NPPD Project Manager Jedd Fischer. “We encourage all property owners whose land is along one of the routes, as well as those within the study area, to attend the open house.”

This will be the second open house hosted by NPPD regarding the construction of a new 115,000-volt transmission line. The new line will transport electric energy generated from the planned wind farm to an existing NPPD substation near Broken Bow. The line will be approximately eight miles in length.

In late September NPPD announced that a power purchase agreement had been reached with Broken Bow Wind, LLC, an affiliate of Midwest Wind Energy and the Edison Mission Group. The agreement is for a 20 year period where NPPD will purchase the electrical output of the facility and connect into its system. Construction on the wind farm is expected to begin in October 2011 and will become operational during 2012.

The first open house on the proposed transmission line was held in March 2010, with the initial session focusing on a proposed study area where the line could be built. For this second round open house, NPPD will present alternative and preferred line routes and continue gathering information from landowners. Typically landowners can anticipate visiting the stations will take approximately 30 minutes.

The open house will feature several informational stations, maps, and high-resolution aerial photography. The stations cover such project topics as Need/Benefit, Engineering, Siting Process, Environmental, Mapping, and Right-of-Way. Landowners will be able to discuss specific issues at any of the stations.