The Nebraska Public Power District will be hosting a pair of open house sessions in South Sioux City to receive public input on its South Sioux City 115-kV Transmission Expansion Project. Project representatives from NPPD will be on hand to explain the project – from needs and benefit to right of way to the engineering aspects.

Identified property owners within the study corridor have been contacted with invitation letters, but the public is welcome to attend as well. The open houses allow property owners, business owners and other individuals within the study corridor to give NPPD and its engineering consultants information that will develop final transmission line routes. At this time, NPPD has not developed any final line routes for the project.

The project will support electric load growth in the South Sioux City/Dakota City area, which is projected to rise 75 percent by 2013 with planned industrial expansion. The expansion will also enhance the area's electric system reliability. The project involves the design and construction of two 115-kV transmission lines from the existing Twin Church Substation, located 4 mi west of Dakota City, to a new substation that will be constructed 1 mi northeast of Dakota City.

“Property owners still have an opportunity to provide NPPD information about their property, whether it is in rural areas of Dakota County or within the city limits of South Sioux City and Dakota City,” said Craig Holthe, NPPD project manager. “Our open house sessions are designed for two-way communication by informing local residents about the project but also gathering information about property. This process helps inform the public of why NPPD is doing this project and to collect needed information about property in the study corridor, whether it is identifying center pivots, tree lines that are on their property, or future plans for construction or building expansion.”

For project or open house information, brochures and maps, visit NPPD’s Grid Essential website at www.nppd.com/grid_essential.