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Transmission line open houses scheduledTell North Platte what you think

A major electric transmisssion line is planned to run from Sutherland's Gerald Gentleman station all the way to northeast Nebraska. A meeting were held Monday in Tryon and another is set Tuesday in Hershey to talk about the route.

The line will transmit 345,000 volts from NPPD’s Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland, north to the Cherry County area, and then east near the Holt/Antelope County line, NPPD said. At the Holt County line, it will tie into a 345,000-volt transmission line owned by the Western Area Power Administration.

NPPD officials said no routes have been determined yet. NPPD will set up "information stations" at the meetings and ask landowners about characteristics of the area.

The project, referred to as the R-Project, will enhance reliability, relieve congestion of existing lines and provide opportunities for more renewable energy generation, NPPD said.

In all, six open houses are set.

The dates and locations:

• Monday, Jan. 14 – Noon to 6 p.m., CT, McPherson County High School, 525 Hwy. 92, Tryon.

• Tuesday, Jan. 15 – 2 to 8 p.m., CT, American Legion, 108 E. 2nd St., Hershey.

• Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Noon to 6 p.m., CT, Eppley Lodge, State 4-H Camp, 83222 4-H Camp Road, Halsey.

• Thursday, Jan. 17 – Noon to 6 p.m., MT, Bullseye Building, 203 N. Grant Ave., Mullen.

• Monday, Jan. 21 – Noon to 6 p.m., CT, Community Center, 107 E. Main St., Chambers.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Noon to 6 p.m., CT, Conference Center, 606 E. 4th St., Ainsworth (please use north doors).

Landowners in the area have been sent invitations to attend, NPPD said.

NPPD officials said no routes have been determined yet.

At the open houses, NPPD will collect information from landowners on land use, pivots, wells, planned facilities, residences and other information. Each landowner will have the opportunity to identify the information and have it recorded into a GIS system that will be used in developing potential corridors for the lines, the NPPD annoucement said.

More information will be available about the need for the project, the route selection process, right-of-way activities, easement compensation, engineering and environmental considerations.

A complete visit of the various project information stations at the open houses will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

The open house is one phase of NPPD’s public involvement process that is used on transmission line projects. To develop line routes, NPPD said it would use a variety of communication methods to interact with area landowners; local, county, and state government officials; and representatives of appropriate regulatory agencies.

The upcoming round of open houses is the first of four rounds of public informational meetings NPPD plans to host. The first three rounds will be open houses and the fourth round will be a public hearing.

For more information or questions regarding the open house, contact project communications coordinator Jill Novicki at 1-888-677-3412.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/10/2013
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