Easement acquisition continues as well as surveying and structure spotting currently taking place. Right-of-way agents will meet with landowners once structures are spotted on their property to discuss the structure locations. Following these activities, the easement documents are prepared.
In addition, several environmental surveys will be completed this summer. Surveys include geotechnical surveys and cultural surveys of architectural sites within one-half mile of the line. Both these surveys are to occur in August and September and will be conducted with staff on the ground on properties where NPPD has been provided right-of-entry. Right-of-way agents will notify the owners of the properties to be surveyed before these surveys begin. American burying beetle (ABB) surveys will also be conducted from August 1st through August 6th. Survey locations will be on public road right-of-way and not of privately owned lands. Right-of-way agents will notify the landowners adjacent to the survey locations prior to the start of the ABB surveys.
Questions can be directed to 308-645-2318 (field office) or 1-888-677-3412 (toll-free).
NPPD plans to construct a 345,000-volt transmission line from NPPD’s Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland to a new substation to be sited adjacent to NPPD’s existing substation east of Thedford. The new line will then proceed east and connect to a second substation to be sited in the Holt County area.
Referred to as the R-Project, the approximately 225-mile-long line will help enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system, relieve congestion from existing lines within the transmission system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects
Public Involvement Process:
NPPD used a comprehensive public involvement process during the siting of this transmission line.Three rounds of public open house meetings were held, as well as additional meetings for interested parties. Eight public hearings were held in November 2014. 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.
Questions? Contact Us!
Thedford Field Office: 308-645-2318
Project Hotline: 1-888-677-3412 (toll-free)