Preferred, Alternative Routes Open House Set for June 22 by Nebraska Public Power District

June 14, 2010

South Sioux City, Neb. –Nebraska Public Power District will be hosting a third round open house Tuesday, June 22 for its South Sioux City 115,000-Volt Transmission System Expansion Project. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City.

At the open house, NPPD will continue to gather property owner information and provide the public with a look at preferred and alternative line routes that have been identified through its routing criteria process. The project includes routing and construction of two new 115,000-volt transmission lines, one that will run on a southerly route from the existing Twin Church subs-station, west of South Sioux City, to a new sub-station to be constructed just north of Dakota City. A second line is expected to go on a northerly route from Twin Church to the new sub-station.

“It’s important that individuals living or having property along the preferred and alternative routes continue to give us input so that the most suitable route can be developed,” said Craig Holthe, NPPD senior project manager. “Gathering comments and input from the public through the open house is a key component in our public involvement process.”

Although preferred and alternative routes have been identified, no final route for the new transmission line has been identified at this time.

NPPD is undertaking the planned transmission lines due to the industrial growth in the South Sioux City area, which is anticipated to see an increase in electric demand of 75 percent by 2008 to 2013, and to continue to provide reliable electric transmission delivery to the area.

The open house is open to any individuals in the area and those who are on the preferred and alternative route will receive letters and route maps acknowledging that information and an invitation to attend.

Construction of the South Sioux City 115,000-Volt Transmission Line is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2011 with completion and lines in service during the summer of 2012.

NPPD will be using input from all open houses and more than 36 routing criteria to determine the proposed final route later this summer, which will include a formal public hearing