Q & A’s

Why is the Muddy Creek to Ord 115,000 volt transmission line needed?

The Muddy Creek to Ord transmission line project will address voltage and loading issues in the immediate area and meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards for the central Nebraska area. The line will connect two radial line segments, which will provide an alternative source of power if there is a failure in the system. The project consists of building approximately 40 miles of new 115,000 volt transmission line from a new substation, to be called Muddy Creek and located near an existing transmission line east of Broken Bow, to an existing substation near Ord.

Who determined the Muddy Creek to Ord transmission line project was needed?  

NPPD is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization with members in fourteen 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 Muddy Creek to Ord transmission line project is needed to help ensure reliable electric service for the central Nebraska region, and approved the project and issued a Notice to Construct on August 26, 2014.

Is the line route known?

Yes, 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 regarding items such as land use, public comment, environmental constraints, constructability, cost and electric system performance.

What is the cost of the project?

The total project cost estimate is $30 million (includes associated substation work).

When will line construction occur?

Transmission line construction for the Muddy Creek to Ord line is expected to begin in early-2017 and be completed by spring 2018.