Q & A’s

Why is the Hoskins-Neligh transmission line needed?

The Hoskins-Neligh transmission line will help improve electric reliability in north central Nebraska. The hot, dry summer of 2012 led to much higher than anticipated electrical loads for NPPD, particularly irrigation load. Between June 27 and August 14, 2012, NPPD surpassed its previous record energy loads 30 times. NPPD and other area electric utilities asked customers to reduce their energy usage to avoid outages. The Hoskins-Neligh line is one of several ways NPPD is addressing the energy demands in this area.

Who determined the Hoskins-Neligh line was needed?  

NPPD is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization with members in 14 states in the central United States. SPP is a group of 84 members in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming that serve more than 15 million customers. The SPP studies the needs of the entire transmission network within the SPP region. The SPP determined that the Hoskins-Neligh line was needed to help ensure reliable electric service for the north-central Nebraska region.

What are the benefits of this transmission line?

The Hoskins-Neligh 345-kilovolt transmission line will enhance reliability of the transmission system, provide a high capacity line to north central Nebraska, reduce existing system congestion to allow for better utilization of NPPD’s diverse generating resources, and provide for further wind-powered generation projects in the state.

Is the line route known?

The line route for the Hoskins-Neligh transmission line was finalized and announced on October 2, 2013. The final route was determined after a thorough siting study and a comprehensive public involvement process, including open houses, public hearings, newsletters and more. NPPD’s goal was to minimize impact and find the most suitable route in terms of land use, public comment, environmental constraints, constructability, cost and electric system performance.

What is the cost of these lines?

The current budget is approximately $77.7 million.

When will line construction occur?

Transmission line construction for the Hoskins-Neligh line began in April 2015 with an in-service date of mid-2016.