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 the goal to support OPPD’s 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 will be 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 is routing 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 generation.

As part of our public power promise, OPPD is committed to engaging you in this process. Learning about your properties is an important step in determining where the transmission lines should be located.


Routing Process & Public Input Opportunities

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 is occurring over the course of three phases.

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

During Phase 1 - Project Study Area & Potential Route Segment Options, 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 consulted with community leaders, stakeholders and the public for additional input. The goal of this Phase is to learn as much about the remaining route segments for each of the transmission lines and to further evaluate based on our established routing criteria and information received from the public. The map below illustrates the remaining route segments we evaluated.

Another online public meeting was held on March 30, 2021, to update the public and receive additional input on Phase 2 of the Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project. As we continue to evaluate route segment alternatives for new transmission lines, we need your input.

If you missed the meeting, a recording can be found by clicking here. A mapping tool was available through April 13, 2021. Although the comment period for Phase 2 has ended, if you have general questions about the project please scroll to the bottom of the page and Submit a Question.


Phase 2 Project Map



Finally, in Phase 3 we will further narrow our options to proposed final routes for each of the three 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 the goal to support OPPD’s 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 will be 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 is routing 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 generation.

As part of our public power promise, OPPD is committed to engaging you in this process. Learning about your properties is an important step in determining where the transmission lines should be located.


Routing Process & Public Input Opportunities

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 is occurring over the course of three phases.

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

During Phase 1 - Project Study Area & Potential Route Segment Options, 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 consulted with community leaders, stakeholders and the public for additional input. The goal of this Phase is to learn as much about the remaining route segments for each of the transmission lines and to further evaluate based on our established routing criteria and information received from the public. The map below illustrates the remaining route segments we evaluated.

Another online public meeting was held on March 30, 2021, to update the public and receive additional input on Phase 2 of the Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project. As we continue to evaluate route segment alternatives for new transmission lines, we need your input.

If you missed the meeting, a recording can be found by clicking here. A mapping tool was available through April 13, 2021. Although the comment period for Phase 2 has ended, if you have general questions about the project please scroll to the bottom of the page and Submit a Question.


Phase 2 Project Map



Finally, in Phase 3 we will further narrow our options to proposed final routes for each of the three transmission lines.

Sarpy Southwest Transmission Routing, Siting & Public Involvement Process


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