Columbus, Neb. – The second round of open houses for Nebraska Public Power District’s Muddy Creek to Ord transmission line project is set for December 16-17, with a focus on a proposed corridor for the project.
The Tuesday, December 16 open house will be held at the Broken Bow City Auditorium, 314 S. 10th Avenue, in Broken Bow, and the Wednesday, December 17 session will be held in the Exhibit Hall at the Valley County Fairgrounds, 801 S Street in Ord. Hours for both open houses will be from 2 to 8 p.m., and attendees should allow 45 minutes to walk through the displays and interact with NPPD representatives.
Since the initial open house sessions held in September, the project team has been reviewing public comments and meeting with various agencies while working to narrow the initial study area to corridors.
NPPD plans to construct a 115,000-volt electric transmission line from a new substation, to be called Muddy Creek and located near an existing transmission line east of Broken Bow, to an existing substation near Ord. The location of the new Muddy Creek substation is yet to be determined and the route of the line is estimated to be 42 miles in length, but no route has been determined at this time. This transmission line project will address voltage and loading issues in the immediate area and meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards for the central Nebraska area.
“We had a very good turnout at our first round of open houses,” said NPPD Senior Project Manager Mike Hasenkamp. “Any landowners who were unable to attend the first round and want to make comment related to their specific property are encouraged to come to this open house.”
The new line will play a vital role in enhancing the reliability of the transmission system in central Nebraska where electric load continually grows. In July 2012, a prolonged period of high temperatures combined with drought-like conditions, resulted in NPPD setting a record for peak electrical load needed by customers of 3,030 megawatts. The result was that NPPD’s transmission system in the central part of the state was stretched to the limit during the record load period.
Over the past two years, NPPD has temporarily located additional mobile generators in the central part of the state during the summer months in order to help maintain reliability of the transmission system.
The need for the line was identified through the Southwest Power Pool’s transmission planning process, which is performed annually to assess system upgrades. The approximately $34 million transmission line is expected to be in service in the summer of 2018. Along with the transmission line work, the project also includes upgrades to the existing Ord substation and construction of a new substation east of Broken Bow.
This will be the second open house NPPD has hosted for this project, with the initial one held this past September and October in both communities. The open houses are held to allow potentially affected landowners the opportunity to learn more about the project, the corridor, need and benefit for the project, structure types, right-of-way acquisition, and routing criteria, and provide NPPD staff with information about their property, as part of the routing process.
(Note to Editors: A project corridor map for downloading can be found on the project website, www.nppd.com/muddycreek-ord)