NPPD Board meetings to be live-streamed beginning Feb. 9; R-Project transmission line presentation will be highlighted

January 30, 2017

Columbus, Neb. – The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Public Power District will now be available to view live through a computer, mobile phone, or other electronic device and all you need is an internet connection.

Beginning February 9, all future Board meetings held at the District’s General Office in Columbus  will be available for the public to view live. The first live-streamed meeting will feature an extensive presentation on NPPD’s R-Project transmission line – highlighting the project from its initial submission through the Southwest Power Pool to its current status.

NPPD Board meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month.

“The Board of Directors agreed during the latter part of 2016 to begin making the meetings more available to the public so that a larger segment of its customers can view the decisions and discussions that go on at the meetings,” said President and CEO Pat Pope. “We have invested in the technology to make the meetings available for live viewing and archiving the meetings so they can be viewed at any time.”

“We will focus on the need of the R-Project, which is to provide additional reliability to the existing transmission system as well as reducing the amount of congestion on the transmission system, our public involvement process, the routing process, easements, restoration and continued outreach with landowners,” NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent added. A third reason for the project is for the potential addition of renewable energy resources – wind and solar power –  in the future. Kent noted that if no renewable resources are interconnected in the future, the R-Project is still needed for reliability and reducing congestion.

The Board meeting schedule, agenda, and starting time can found at on the Monday prior to the Board’s monthly meeting. NPPD’s 2017 tentative Board meeting dates can also be found within this link.

A link to view the meeting will appear shortly before the start of the meeting.

Viewers may have to adjust their sound depending on the type of device they are using. Anyone unable to watch the meeting live as it airs, can view the meeting archived at  approximately two business days following the meeting.

When viewing the meeting through the archived video, viewers can move about the meeting by selecting various topics on the agenda which will take them directly to that specific part of the agenda.

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