NPPD hosts open house on proposed power line

October 9, 2013

Fullerton, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District hosted a “Study Area” open house in Fullerton today to provide information about a 115,000-volt transmission line NPPD is proposing to build in the area. The new line is being built to supply electric energy for a pumping station planned for construction as part of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

The open house, which ran from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Loup River Inn, provided information about the project and gave area residents and landowners whose property may lie within the project study area an opportunity to comment and share information with NPPD.

This electric transmission line project is in its early phase. When NPPD sites a transmission line, it relies greatly on public input when selecting the most suitable line route. The open house on the study area is the first step in a thorough public involvement process.

The proposed electric transmission line will run about 14-18 miles, generally north and south, across portions of Polk, Merrick and Nance counties. The line will be built along a route, yet to be determined, between an NPPD substation to be constructed south of the Platte River near Clarks, and a Cornhusker Public Power District substation to be constructed southeast of Fullerton. The new substation near Fullerton will be adjacent to an oil pumping station.

NPPD’s new transmission line will provide bulk or wholesale electric energy to Cornhusker, which it, in turn, will sell to TransCanada. NPPD’s work to plan for providing electric service for the Keystone XL pipeline actually began in 2009. It was halted at TransCanada’s request in December 2011. Since then, TransCanada has rerouted a portion of the pipeline’s route through Nebraska.

“When we build a new transmission line, we realize we’re getting into a long-term relationship with the landowner,” said NPPD Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “At the study area open house, we are asking landowners to provide us with information which will help us identify the most suitable route for the new line.”

Because of agreements with TransCanada, all costs incurred by NPPD related to the pipeline, including interest, will be paid for by TransCanada, even if the pipeline does not get built. For additional information about the proposed transmission lines needed to supply electric energy to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, call toll-free 1-(888)677-3412 and ask for Mark Miller, or call him direct at (402)270-0215 or go online at nppd.com.