NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas power line project makes progress

January 12, 2010

Alma, Neb. – Ed Wagner, Nebraska Public Power District Vice President of Customer Service, and Craig Holthe, Senior Project Manager for NPPD, today presented information about NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas 345,000-volt Electric Transmission Project to the South Platte United Chamber of Commerce at the Alma Country Club.

NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Project will build approximately 45 miles of high-voltage transmission line from NPPD’s Axtell Substation near Axtell, Neb., to a location somewhere along the Nebraska/Kansas border. No line route has been determined, at this time, and NPPD is in discussions with ITC Great Plains, a transmission company building a like project in Kansas, on where the two transmission lines should meet at the border.

Wagner’s and Holthe’s presentation explained the need for the new power line and covered such relevant topics as timeline, cost, line design, stakeholders and NPPD’s public involvement process.

Project Need
Construction of the Axtell to Kansas 345 kV project will ease congestion in NPPD’s regional transmission network, enable more efficient operation of NPPD’s existing generation facilities and save customers money. In addition, the Axtell to Kansas project will enhance system reliability and help to facilitate the transmission of “green,” renewable energy from wind generation resources in Kansas and, potentially, in Nebraska.

Project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2012 with in-service expected to be by the end of 2012.

Preliminary cost of the project has been budgeted at $87 million – which includes both line and substation work.

A question and answer period followed the presentation.

NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver low-cost reliable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 1 million Nebraskans with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services.