Nebraska City - Maryville - Sibley Transmission Line

Final Route Index Map

A map of the final route provided by the project developers. A more detailed version can be found here.

Stated Purpose:

This line is part of the SPP Priority Project initiative. Each of these projects is designed to reduce congestion and improved reliability. The line will also better integrate the regions within the SPP, allowing for more efficient power sharing within the network while also enabling the integration of renewable resources.

Line Capacity:

345 kV

Route Description:

At 175 miles, this line will begin at the Sibley Generating Station and end at the Nebraska City Substation, effectively connecting Kansas City Power & Light with the Omaha Public Power District. The line will also connect to a new substation near Maryville. The exact route has yet to be established. OPPD will be responsible for the Nebraska portion, with the bulk of the project being handled by Kansas City Power & Light.

Development Timeline:

The Nebraska City- Maryville- Sibley transmission project has an expected in-service date of June 2017. Construction will likely begin in 2015.

The majority of 2012 will be committed to project evaluation and initial open house sessions. Various routing options will be considered in preparation for a second round of open house sessions, to be held during the winter of 2013. A third round of open house meetings will take place later that year.

The final route has been made available as of summer of 2013, and property negotiations and state-level permitting will follow into 2014.

Regulatory Process:

The line has been approved by the SPP Board of Directors; the state routing and siting process is currently underway.

Developer:

Kansas City Power & Light

Omaha Public Power District

Community Feedback:

This line has received little attention to date, though it will come as a welcome development to those clamoring for new transmission as a prerequisite to increased wind development. Between 50-70 local construction jobs will be created as a result of this effort, a welcome opportunity for neighboring communities. Utilities have also hired local contractors, such as Burns & McDonnell, during the design phase. The developers applied information from feedback and notes from community interactions in the form of open houses and comments submitted through the internet or by phone to determine the final route.

During a 10 month period, the developers held 20 open house meetings, and estimate that over 2,000 residents attended those events. Some counties have also asked for additional meetings with affected landowners to provide them an opportunity to share their concerns with the developers. Among the concerns is that easements that developers wish to acquire from landowners will not pay fair market value for the property.

Clean Energy Potential:

Like all projects that are a part of the SPP Priority Project initiative, improving access to pending and proposed wind farms is a motivating factor behind plan approval. These lines are intended to expand the regional grid and increase access to renewable resources. Many projects at this stage of development have little in the way of confirmation from generation sources, and this project is no exception. However, interested parties have every reason to anticipate wind generation playing a strong role as this line moves forward.

News Archive:

Substation construction begins near Maryville June 23, 2015

OPPD ready to start building transmission line in Southeast Nebraska May 27, 2015

OPPD set to begin construction on Midwest Transmission Project-Nebraska May 15, 2015

OPPD Takes Next Step To Build New Transmission Line October 16, 2014

OPPD to build part of transmission line carrying power to Missouri May 19, 2014

OPPD moves forward with Midwest Transmission Project May 15, 2014

Power line project at odds with landowners February 13, 2014

PSC approves 2 regional electric transmission projects August 14, 2013

Public Service Commission Approves Application for 2 Transmission Lines August 8, 2013

Final route selected for Midwest Transmission Project July 12, 2013

Another line for Clinton County? July 12, 2013

Midwest Transmission Line Final Route Set July 11, 2013

$400M Midwest Transmission Project settles on route July 11, 2013

Power line consortium picks final route June 27, 2013

Route selected for electric transmission line June 26, 2013

Midwest Transmission Project final route announced June 26, 2013

Route selected for electrical transmission line June 25, 2013

Midwest Transmission Project final route announced June 26, 2013

Midwest Transmission Project Reveals Final Route June 25, 2013

KCP&L plans 345-kV transmission line from Missouri to Nebraska February 28, 2013

Planned utility line runs from Nebraska to Sibley August 21, 2012

Meeting presents plan for electric transmission line August 20, 2012

Power Transmission Line to Cross Nodaway County August 9, 2012

New electric transmission line from Sibley, Mo., to Nebraska City August 3, 2012

New transmission line planned between Neb., Mo. April 7, 2012

New 175-mile power line from Nebraska City to Missouri will improve grid April 4, 2012

SPP Approves Construction of New Electric Transmission Project to Bring $3.7 Billion in Regional Benefits April 27, 2010

Your Thoughts:

We all know that clean energy transmission is vitally important to our energy future. It brings economic opportunity to rural areas, enables wind development and improves the reliability of your grid. But to build it properly - to create projects that work best for you and your community - requires your knowledge and participation. That's why we've created this database.

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