Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project

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Power with Purpose

OPPD takes great pride in meeting the energy needs of today, while planning and preparing for the needs of the future. Papillion, Sarpy County and the entire greater Omaha area is currently experiencing rapid commercial, industrial and residential growth. Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + backup natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.

OPPD is siting and developing up to 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation, and up to 600 megawatts of backup natural gas. The project is one of the largest renewable energy investments of its kind in the Midwest.

Power with Purpose allows us to retire our oldest North Omaha Station natural gas fired units and refuel the remaining units from coal to natural gas, allowing OPPD to integrate more renewable, clean energy into our system. This ultimately supports our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050. We are working hard to do our part and be a catalyst for change.


About the Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project

OPPD has completed routes for three separate transmission lines in the area that are needed to maintain system resiliency and reliability, as well as support customer load growth and future power generation.

OPPD is hosting a public hearing on October 5, 2021, for impacted landowners along the final transmission line routes. The hearing will allow all those interested in the project to learn more about OPPD’s plans and ask questions about how the project will impact nearby property. At the hearing, the presentation will focus on the Final Route Alignments Map shown below. OPPD will be present to explain the nature and necessity of the project, the reasons for selecting these routes, the design of the lines, the easement acquisition process, and the anticipated construction schedule.

OPPD will begin negotiating with landowners 30 days after the public hearing and continue working to answer questions and address concerns. More information on the public hearing can be found here.

Following the hearing, engineering, design and right-of-way activities will continue. Once easement acquisition is complete, transmission line construction will begin. Initial activities include clearing and preparing the land, installing structure foundations and the actual structures. Once structures are in place, wires are strung to connect transmission lines to the substation. As each area of construction is completed, OPPD will restore any disturbed property and provide compensation for any damages that may have occurred.


Routing Process & Public Input Opportunities

Initially, a project study area was defined to provide a general boundary for further evaluation before finalizing the transmission routes. Determining the paths for the transmission infrastructure occurred over the course of three phases.

While evaluating environmental, social, and engineering factors in the area, we also connected with the public and local stakeholders. We used stakeholder input and routing criteria to reduce the number of route segment options in each phase of this process.

During Phase 1 we sought your input regarding initial route segments on each of the potential route segment options.

In Phase 2 of the routing process, we used the input and data obtained in Phase 1 to narrow the segments to potential route alternatives for each of the three transmission lines. During this phase, we again consulted with community leaders, stakeholders and the public for additional input. The goal of this Phase was to learn as much about the remaining route segments for each of the transmission lines.

Online public meetings were held in January (Phase 1) and March (Phase 2) to receive input and answer questions about the project. For those who missed the meeting, recordings are available. If you have general questions about the project please scroll to the bottom of the page and Submit a Question.

In Phase 3 we further narrowed our options to final routes for each of the three transmission lines. In Phase 4, as the project moves forward, our communication with landowners continues through right-of-way activities as we determined transmission line alignments. Although our team worked to minimize the amount of right-of-way needed, temporary and permanent easements are necessary. As part of this project, OPPD needs to acquire easements over and across private property for construction, operation, and maintenance of the transmission lines.

Sarpy Southwest Transmission Routing, Siting & Public Involvement Process


Power with Purpose

OPPD takes great pride in meeting the energy needs of today, while planning and preparing for the needs of the future. Papillion, Sarpy County and the entire greater Omaha area is currently experiencing rapid commercial, industrial and residential growth. Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + backup natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.

OPPD is siting and developing up to 600 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation, and up to 600 megawatts of backup natural gas. The project is one of the largest renewable energy investments of its kind in the Midwest.

Power with Purpose allows us to retire our oldest North Omaha Station natural gas fired units and refuel the remaining units from coal to natural gas, allowing OPPD to integrate more renewable, clean energy into our system. This ultimately supports our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050. We are working hard to do our part and be a catalyst for change.


About the Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project

OPPD has completed routes for three separate transmission lines in the area that are needed to maintain system resiliency and reliability, as well as support customer load growth and future power generation.

OPPD is hosting a public hearing on October 5, 2021, for impacted landowners along the final transmission line routes. The hearing will allow all those interested in the project to learn more about OPPD’s plans and ask questions about how the project will impact nearby property. At the hearing, the presentation will focus on the Final Route Alignments Map shown below. OPPD will be present to explain the nature and necessity of the project, the reasons for selecting these routes, the design of the lines, the easement acquisition process, and the anticipated construction schedule.

OPPD will begin negotiating with landowners 30 days after the public hearing and continue working to answer questions and address concerns. More information on the public hearing can be found here.

Following the hearing, engineering, design and right-of-way activities will continue. Once easement acquisition is complete, transmission line construction will begin. Initial activities include clearing and preparing the land, installing structure foundations and the actual structures. Once structures are in place, wires are strung to connect transmission lines to the substation. As each area of construction is completed, OPPD will restore any disturbed property and provide compensation for any damages that may have occurred.


Routing Process & Public Input Opportunities

Initially, a project study area was defined to provide a general boundary for further evaluation before finalizing the transmission routes. Determining the paths for the transmission infrastructure occurred over the course of three phases.

While evaluating environmental, social, and engineering factors in the area, we also connected with the public and local stakeholders. We used stakeholder input and routing criteria to reduce the number of route segment options in each phase of this process.

During Phase 1 we sought your input regarding initial route segments on each of the potential route segment options.

In Phase 2 of the routing process, we used the input and data obtained in Phase 1 to narrow the segments to potential route alternatives for each of the three transmission lines. During this phase, we again consulted with community leaders, stakeholders and the public for additional input. The goal of this Phase was to learn as much about the remaining route segments for each of the transmission lines.

Online public meetings were held in January (Phase 1) and March (Phase 2) to receive input and answer questions about the project. For those who missed the meeting, recordings are available. If you have general questions about the project please scroll to the bottom of the page and Submit a Question.

In Phase 3 we further narrowed our options to final routes for each of the three transmission lines. In Phase 4, as the project moves forward, our communication with landowners continues through right-of-way activities as we determined transmission line alignments. Although our team worked to minimize the amount of right-of-way needed, temporary and permanent easements are necessary. As part of this project, OPPD needs to acquire easements over and across private property for construction, operation, and maintenance of the transmission lines.

Sarpy Southwest Transmission Routing, Siting & Public Involvement Process


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