Line construction on the 115kV portion began in mid-September as well as tree clearing on the remainder of the project. The public is reminded to be safe near line construction areas and while driving country roads in the vicinity of the new line. Easement acquisition activities began in April 2014 and are expected to continue through the spring of 2015. Construction of the new 345kV and 115kV line section is expected to begin in March / April 2015. Right-of-Way agents will be contacting landowners prior to construction. Once construction has been completed on individual tracts, a right-of-way agent will meet with the landowner and tenant to settle any damages that may have occurred during the construction process. Brink Constructors, Inc. of Rapid City, SD, has been hired as the contractor. Questions can be directed to the Right-of-Way Agents at 402-368-7866 or by visiting the project field office in Tilden, Neb. at 113 East 2nd Street.
NPPD plans to construct a 345,000-volt transmission line from NPPD’s Hoskins substation located southwest of Hoskins, Neb. to a new substation in the Neligh area. In addition, four 115,000-volt transmission line segments will be routed from the new substation to existing lines.
Based upon public input and routing opportunities, the initial approximately 50-mile-long Hoskins to Neligh line route has been reduced to approximately 39 miles. This new transmission line will enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects. Specifically, this project will help serve customers’ electricity demands in north central Nebraska.
Public Involvement Process:
NPPD used a comprehensive public involvement process during the siting of the transmission line. Three rounds of public open house meetings were held, followed by four public hearings. Public input was encouraged throughout the entire process.
During this project, NPPD met with area landowners; local, county and state government officials; and representatives of the appropriate regulatory agencies within the respective project area and communities.
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