Stegall to Scottsbluff

Project Status:

After much planning and a one-year public involvement process, NPPD has selected a final line route, for its Stegall to Scottsbluff 115,000 volt Transmission Line Project. There will also be a short 345,000 volt transmission line built between NPPD’s new substation and Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s existing Stegall substation. This project will enhance the reliability of the electric grid.

Landowners along the final route were notified of the final line route recently via letter.

Next steps

Right-of-Way Agents will soon begin contacting landowners 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 activities– gather information for engineering design purposes and easement descriptions
  • Environmental assessments (threatened/endangered species, wetlands, historical sites, cultural sites, etc.)
  • Engineering and structural spotting assessments

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.


Project Overview:

The project consists of constructing a 115,000-volt electric transmission line approximately 23 miles from the existing Scottsbluff Substation to a new NPPD substation to be built approximately five miles south of Stegall near the existing Stegall Substation owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. There will also be a short 345,000 volt transmission line built between NPPD’s new substation and Basin’s existing Stegall substation.

The approximate 23-mile transmission line will enhance transmission system reliability in the western Nebraska Panhandle region. The new line will also meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards for the western Nebraska area. The line is expected to be in service by mid-2017.

 

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, followed by a public hearing in January 2015. 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!

Project Hotline: 1-888-677-3412 (toll-free)
Email: powerline@nppd.com