Kearney Power Project Virtual Open House

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  • To provide a comment, simply click on the “comment” button    at the top right of your screen. A comment form will appear. You may continue to add comments to the form throughout the meeting. To ensure your comments are saved for each slide, please close the form before continuing. Once finished with the meeting, please click “Submit” to officially submit your comment(s) to the project team.

Who We Are

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is the state’s largest electric generating utility and has been providing dependable and affordable electricity for more than half a century. NPPD currently serves all or parts of 84 of the state’s 93 counties.

  • Governed by an elected 11-member Board of Directors
  • Serves both retail and wholesale customers
  • Utility has an integrated system comprised of generation, transmission, and distribution facilities.
  • Diverse mix of generation resources includes:

    Coal icon Coal

    Nuclear icon Nuclear

    Hydroelectric icon Hydroelectric

    window icon Wind

    Gas icon Natural Gas/Diesel/Other

    Solar icon Solar

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From the power plant, electric energy is delivered through a series of lines and substations where the voltage is reduced to the proper level for end-use customers.

SPP Overview

NPPD has been a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) since April 2009. The SPP’s primary focus is to ensure reliable power supplies, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale electricity prices. This project will help to strengthen the SPP electric system and to accommodate current and projected future loads.

Kearney map showing Kearney Power Project within Southwest Power Pool

Project Details

Project Description

With the Kearney Power Project, NPPD plans to build an approximate eight-mile, 115 kV transmission line to provide a necessary path between two local substations. The project will increase the system’s transmission system capacity to meet demand and further enhance reliability and resiliency in the Kearney area.

Kearney Water Tower

Purpose & Need

The City of Kearney is rapidly growing, and the current transmission system is facing increasing electrical demand on its existing 115 kV transmission system. A 115 kV transmission line from the Kearney TechOne substation on the east side of Kearney to the Tower substation on the west side of Kearney will accommodate current and projected future loads. The new line will provide additional reliability and enhanced resiliency of the transmission system for the Kearney area.

Purpose and Need

Project Map

Since the open house in November, the project team has been reviewing all comments in order to narrow down the preferred and alternative routes into a proposed route. This route is displayed on the area map below.

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Kearney Power Project Map. Includes Route segments, Power substation, and Kearney City Limits.

Project Schedule

We are currently in phase three, in which a public hearing is held to present a proposed route to the public. Next, a 30-day period to receive comments from the public will run through April 12, 2023. After the comment period concludes, NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners to obtain right-of entry where needed to conduct initial activities on the property, including surveying, soil sampling, or environmental studies.

Project Schedule. Phase 1: Public Open House #1, September 2022. Phase 2: Public Open House #2, November 2022. Phase 3L Public Hearing, Early 2023. Phase 4: Construction, Fall/Winter 2024-Spring 2025.

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Routing and Siting Evaluation Criteria

Transmission line routing involves trade-offs between a variety of factors called routing criteria. The most promising route options balance each of the three types of criteria, which are social, environmental, and engineering.

Graphic showing all routing criteria

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Environmental resources are evaluated as part of the route selection process and may include:

  • Agricultural lands
  • Recreational areas
  • Water resources (lakes, streams, wetlands, and floodplains)
  • Wildlife habitat areas
  • Sensitive, threatened and endangered species
  • Cultural and historical resources
  • Visual resources

NPPD coordinates with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations such as:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Natural Resource Districts
  • Nebraska Historical Society
  • Local Airport Authorities
  • Private Non-Government Organizations

Criteria Prioritization Exercise Results

During phases one and two, we asked attendees to tell us which routing criteria was most important to them. The activity was conducted in both phases to see if public priorities had shifted since we narrowed down the route segments to the preferred and alternative routes. The results are as follows:

The top five identified in phase one were:

  1. Residences/Homes
  2. Agriculture
  3. Schools
  4. New/Plotted Developments
  5. Existing Infrastructure

The top five identified in phase two were:

  1. Residences/Homes
  2. Agriculture (tie)
  3. Schools (tie)
  4. Existing Infrastructure
  5. New/Plotted Developments

Transmission Line Structures

Typical single-pole structures

There are two typical types of structures that may be used on this project:

  • 115 kV single-pole wood structure
  • 115 kV single-pole steel structure
picture of transmission line structure

115 kV single-pole wood structure

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picture of transmission line structure

115 kV single-pole steel structure

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115kV Single Pole Structure Placement Along Road: Typically 15 structures per mile

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115kV Single Pole Structure Placement Along Half Section Line: Typically -15 structures per mile.

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We strive to build positive, long-term relationships with landowners and tenants during right-of-way activities.

Right-of-Way Activities

Right-of-Entry Agreement - if needed, will provide access for:

  • Environmental assessments
  • Appraisal work
  • Survey activities
  • Cultural and historical resource assessments

Easement Acquisition:

  • Compensation
  • Terms and conditions
  • Right-of-way width

Post Construction:

  • Construction damage compensation
  • Property restoration
Build positive longterm relationships leade to minimize impacts through public input leads to work together to build partnerships.

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Easement Compensation

easement compensation table

Compensation for the easements will be calculated based on 80% of the fair market value of the land as established by an appraisal, along with payment for any transmission line structures and any unique impacts specific to property. Additionally, the landowner or tenant will be compensated for any damages to crops, fences, or other property that may occur during construction or any future required maintenance.

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The deadline for submitting comments is April 12