The Omaha Public Power District’s latest transmission project, the Sarpy Transmission Project (STP), will support continued commercial, industrial, and residential growth in Sarpy County. At its regular monthly meeting today, the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors received an update on this and other transmission projects.
For STP, a new high-voltage overhead transmission line in Papillion will connect substations near 114th and Giles Road, and 144th and Schram Road. OPPD held a well-attended public meeting Aug. 3 for customers and other stakeholders within the project area. With input received during that process, as well as by phone and through oppdlistens.com, the project team plans to announce a final route for the 161-kilovolt (kV) line in early September. Construction should begin in summer 2018, and the line is slated to be in energized and in service by December 2019. More information and the latest project updates are available at oppdlistens.com.
In addition, the board received an update on the La Vista Transmission Project. This project involves the relocation of a 2-mile 69-kV transmission line that connects substations near 72nd and Park View Boulevard, and 96th and Harrison Street. This joint effort with the City of La Vista will better serve businesses and residents in the area, accommodating growth and development. The relocation will allow easier access for maintenance of the line to keep reliable power flowing to customers. Construction is set to begin next spring, with the new line expected to be in service by the end of 2018.
Directors also authorized management to negotiate and award material and labor contracts for the reconstruction of seven miles of a 345-kV transmission line that was damaged in the June 16 storm event. The portion of the line to be reconstructed is located along 114th Street from Cornhusker Road to the Platte River in Sarpy County. The replacement will be designed using tubular steel poles to increase system capacity and improve resiliency. Plans call for the line to be reconstructed and energized prior to June 1, 2018, ahead of summer peak load.
At today’s monthly meeting, directors also accepted the monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-5, relating to customer satisfaction. The board evaluates all monitoring reports on an ongoing basis. Acceptance means they find the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the goals previously set forth for the utility.
In other action, directors:
- Approved a compensation adjustment in the amount of four percent for President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy J. Burke, bringing his annual salary to $523,651.
- Authorized the use of eminent domain, if necessary, to acquire temporary and permanent easements for the Sarpy County and La Vista Transmission Projects.
- Approved collectively bargained agreements for labor unions including the International Local Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local #763, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge #31. The new five-year agreement with these unions allows for more stability for both union employees and OPPD.
- Received its monthly President’s report. You can view the entire board meeting, as well as today’s committee meetings, once the videos are posted, by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.
Notice of committee meetings day and time change
Starting in September, board committee meetings will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the Tuesday prior to the Thursday board meeting. This will allow additional time to discuss strategic directives and other matters in a more in depth manner.
Next month’s board committee meetings are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., September 12. The monthly board meeting will be held September 14 at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha. The meetings will continue to be streamed live at oppd.com, in the district’s ongoing efforts to remain transparent, as well as making its public meetings accessible and convenient for our customer-owners.