NPPD provides transmission line project update

November 3, 2009

Axtell, Neb. – Representatives from Nebraska Public Power District met this week with area elected officials, community, businesses and industry leaders in Kearney and Franklin counties to provide them with updates about NPPD’s new Axtell to Kansas Electric Transmission Line Project. The new 345,000-volt (345 kV) line will run from a substation near Axtell, Neb., to a location (as yet to be determined) at the Nebraska/Kansas border. A final route of the new transmission line has not been determined.

NPPD’s new Axtell to Kansas 345 kV Electric Transmission Line Project is one segment of a multi-state transmission line project. In Kansas, a similar 345 kV line that will link at the border to NPPD’s project is being built by a transmission company ITC Great Plains.

NPPD is undertaking this project because, when completed, it will ease congestion in the regional transmission network and allow NPPD to more efficiently operate its western Nebraska power generating resources. This will give NPPD increased flexibility in the generation, transmission and delivery of energy which, ultimately, will save ratepayers money.

Additionally, the new line will develop an additional north/south path for energy (only one such pathway currently exists in western Nebraska), which will enhance overall system reliability. Also, the new line will allow transmission of green, renewable energy from existing and future wind farms in Kansas and Nebraska.

The public outreach meetings were held at Franklin on Nov. 3, and Axtell and Franklin on Nov. 4. They were the second round of such meetings, the first round being held the first week of September 2009. For this second round of meetings, the project’s general study area (introduced at the first round) has been narrowed to several corridors through which the new line might be built.

To further explain these corridors to the public and to gather input from area property owners, two open houses have been scheduled: Nov. 17 in Franklin at the Franklin County Fairgrounds and Nov. 18 in Minden at the Kearney County Fairgrounds. The open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the public is invited to stop by at their convenience.

Construction on NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Project is scheduled to begin mid-2011, with an in-service date of June 2013. Cost of the 345 kV transmission line project has been initially estimated at approximately $87 million. This includes expansion of NPPD’s Axtell Substation.