NPPD hosting South Sioux City transmission line open houses

January 21, 2010

Two sessions January 26, 27

South Sioux City, Neb. – The Nebraska Public Power District will be hosting a pair of open house sessions in South Sioux City to receive public input on its South Sioux City 115,000-Volt Transmission Expansion Project.

Both open house sessions will be held at the Marina Inn, 505 E. Fifth Street, in South Sioux City. The first session will be held on Tuesday, January 26 from 2 to 8 p.m. and a second session will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Project representatives from NPPD will be on hand to explain the project – from needs and benefit to right of way to the engineering aspects.

Identified property owners within the study corridor have been contacted with invitation letters, but the public is welcome to attend as well. The open houses allow property owners, business owners and other individuals within the study corridor to give NPPD and its engineering consultants information that will develop final transmission line routes. At this time, NPPD has not developed any final line routes for the project.

The project will support electric load growth in the South Sioux City/Dakota City area, which is projected to rise 75 percent by 2013 with planned industrial expansion. The expansion will also enhance the area’s electric system reliability. The project involves the design and construction of two (2) 115,000 volt transmission lines from the existing Twin Church Substation, located four miles west of Dakota City, to a new substation that will be constructed one mile northeast of Dakota City.

“Property owners still have an opportunity to provide NPPD information about their property, whether it is in rural areas of Dakota County or within the city limits of South Sioux City and Dakota City,” said Craig Holthe, NPPD project manager. “Our open house sessions are designed for two-way communication by informing local residents about the project but also gathering information about property. This process helps inform the public of why NPPD is doing this project and to collect needed information about property in the study corridor, whether it is identifying center pivots, tree lines that are on their property, or future plans for construction or building expansion.”

NPPD held two open house sessions in September 2009 as part of its initial public involvement process. From those sessions, NPPD gathered information from landowners about their property and has since reduced the initial study area to a smaller corridor area. The initial study area primarily included South Sioux City, portions of Dakota City, as well as part of the rural area outside of these cities.

All information NPPD receives in its public involvement process is placed into a data base that is used to narrow down the study area into a corridor or corridors for additional study. Likewise, information brought forward at its January meetings will go into the development of potential routes and alternative routes.