Easement acquisition continues as well as land value appraisals, 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, environmental surveys will be conducted from June through September. Blowout Penstemon surveys will be conducted June 22-24 via helicopter. Other plant surveys that will take place include Western Prairie Fringed Orchid and the Small White Lady Slipper. These surveys will be conducted via staff on the ground. Geotechnical surveys will occur mid to late June. Additional surveys will be completed to more accurately identify wetland areas and potential cultural resource areas. These surveys are also done with staff on the ground. Lastly, NPPD will use a helicopter to videotape the line route during the June 16-22 timeframe.
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)