Good turnout at first Open House on NPPD Stegall transmission project

A good turnout Thursday, over 60 people in the first two hours, at the first of three open houses planned this year by the Nebraska Public Power District to explain plans to construct a 115,000-volt electric transmission line in Scotts Bluff County.

The approximate 23-mile transmission line will enhance transmission system reliability in Panhandle region. The line will be built from the existing Scottsbluff Substation to a new substation approximately five miles south of Stegall.

NPPD spokesperson Terry Warth says it was important Thursday for the public to provide specific comments, pro or con, on the tentative route. Warth says by the third open house this fall NPPD will propose a preferred route and alternatives prior to a public hearing on the project.

Warth says by using the three open house process NPPD has had minimal need, just 2%, to use eminent domain for new transmission lines.
Warth says those who were not at the open house can make comments by logging onto nppd.com, by emailing powerline@nppd.com or by calling 1-888-677-3412.

The approximately $39 million project is slated to be in service in mid 2017.

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