The Scottsbluff transmission line project is an approximate seven to ten-mile, 115 kV transmission line to provide a necessary second path between Scottsbluff's two load delivery substations. The new line will increase the transmission system capacity to meet electrical demand, reduce congestion, and further enhance the reliability and resiliency of the Scottsbluff and western Nebraska areas.
The City of Scottsbluff is currently served from two 115 kV substations, with only one existing transmission line connecting the two. This single transmission line is subject to heavy congestion and regional power flows within the NPPD and SPP territory. In exploring several options, NPPD and SPP determined a 115 kV transmission line from the Scottsbluff substation to the Victory Hill substation will accommodate current and projected future loads. The new line will complete a 115 kV transmission line “ring” around the city, reducing congestion on existing transmission facilities and providing additional reliability and resiliency of load delivery service in the area.
Routes for a transmission project are typically developed over the course of several phases and are then narrowed down to a final route.
In the first phase, preliminary routes or route segments are determined. At this point, the first open house meeting will be held for landowners and interested parties to provide input, including property information, and learn more about the project.
The second phase involves the determination of a preferred route along with alternative routes. With input from landowners, and consideration of engineering, environmental, and cost constraints, a preferred route provides the most feasible path forward for design and construction. A second open house meeting will be held for landowners and interested parties to provide input, including property information, and learn more about the project. In the third and final phase, a proposed route is determined, and NPPD will identify and invite directly impacted landowners to attend a Public Hearing.
A final line route will be announced no earlier than thirty days after the public hearing, at which time, the land acquisition process and final design work will begin.
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