Public Hearing Set for November 18 on Proposed Transmission Line Routes

November 10, 2010

South Sioux City, Neb. -Following three rounds of public open houses over the past 14 months, numerous meetings with landowners, businesses and public officials to collect information, Nebraska Public Power District is preparing to hold a public hearing on the proposed routes for its South Sioux City 115,000-volt Transmission System Expansion project.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City. The formal public hearing, required under Nebraska law, will begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a short open house for the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are open to any individuals interested in the project and landowners who are located along NPPD’s proposed routes, who may have additional information concerning their property for consideration. No final line route has been identified at this time.

Two, new 115,000-volt transmission lines are proposed to be constructed, one on a southern route from the existing Twin Church substation, located west of Dakota City, to a new substation to be constructed northeast of Dakota City. A second line will run on a northerly route, again starting at the Twin Church substation, terminating at the new substation. The lines will support the industrial and economic growth in the area and also provide another layer of reliability to the transmission system for the area.

Beginning in September 2009, NPPD has held a series of public open house meetings for landowners potentially impacted by the new lines. The open house sessions were an opportunity to gather property information from landowners to be used by NPPD to determine the most suitable line routes for the project. NPPD has also held multiple meetings with local, county, and city officials along with environmental groups and state agencies.

“We greatly appreciate the time and energy landowners, the business community, and local government have taken to provide us with valuable information,” said NPPD Senior Project Manager Craig Holthe. “We have reviewed all comments collected over the past year and taken each one into consideration before selecting the proposed line routes.”

To determine the proposed line routes, NPPD started with a general study area and then narrowed that area into corridors. At the third round of open houses in June of this year, NPPD presented alternative routes and preferred line routes within the corridors.

Since the last open house, the District has reviewed all of the information received along with at least three dozen other criteria, such as the line’s proximity to homes, environmental issues, accessibility, etc., to arrive at the proposed line routes. Changes in the northern line route have been made since the June 2010 open house. The change on the proposed northern route will locate the line along Old Highway 20 before heading north and then traveling east along 25th Street.