After much planning and a seven-month routing, siting, and public involvement process, a final line route has been determined for the Norfolk-Stanton North Project’s new 115 kV transmission line from the Norfolk substation on the east side of Norfolk to the Stanton North substation northwest of Stanton. Directly impacted landowners were sent a letter with a map of the final route, and all original property owners were mailed a newsletter.
With the final route determined, the project moves into phase 3, where NPPD representatives will begin contacting property owners along the route regarding the project’s next steps.
Meet Neal Dreifurst and Andrew Jarecki; two experienced NPPD right-of-way agents are reaching out to landowners to discuss the right-of-entry agreements before beginning the negotiation process for easement acquisition. With their extensive knowledge and understanding of the right-of-way process, they aim to make the conversations as transparent and stress-free as possible for all landowners. Neal and Andrew are committed to ensuring that landowners are fully informed of their rights and options, and they will work closely with them to negotiate fair and reasonable compensation.
Westwood, a survey and mapping consultant for NPPD, plans to use drone technologies to capture geospatial data on areas along the final route from May through July 2024. LiDAR stands for light detection and ranging, using laser light to measure variable distances (ranges) to the earth. Westwood plans to use the data to create high-resolution, three-dimensional representations of the Earth’s surface, including buildings, vegetation, and the ground.
The need for this project is based on the area’s rapid growth and the current transmission system’s high electrical demand. The new 115 kV transmission line will increase the transmission system's capacity to meet increasing demand and further enhance reliability and resiliency in the surrounding area. This Project fulfills NPPD’s obligation to serve wholesale customer demand.
Routes for a transmission project are typically developed over the course of several phases and are then narrowed down to a final route.
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