After seeking comments from landowners and interested parties the past two years, NPPD has selected a final line route for its R-Project transmission line. The 345,000-volt line will improve reliability and reduce congestion on the state’s electric grid system. It will also provide additional capacity for future renewable generation projects.
Landowners who will be located along the final route were notified of the final line route recently via letter.
Right-of-Way Agents will begin contacting landowners mid-February to obtain Right-of-Entry Agreements. A Right-of-Entry Agreement will allow NPPD and their subcontractors, to conduct preliminary activities on the property such as:
- Survey – gather information for engineering design purposes and easement descriptions
- Soil testing – analysis to determine foundation requirements
- Environmental surveys (threatened/endangered species, wetlands, historical sites, cultural sites, etc.)
- Land appraisals – determine fair market value
Granting a Right-of-Entry to NPPD is a benefit to both the landowner and project as it is a key “on-site” opportunity for the landowner to share information regarding land operations and preferred structure/line locations. It also allows NPPD the opportunity to view the access route options to prevent any unnecessary damages/compaction and assists in the design process to accommodate design schedule.
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 220-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. 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.
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