Omaha Public Power District’s Board of Directors held their monthly public meeting today, following their public committee meetings Tuesday, where they reviewed the recently announced final route for the Sarpy Transmission Project (STP).
The new 5.5-mile high-voltage transmission line, connecting OPPD substations near 114th Street and Giles Road and 144th Street and Schram Road in Papillion, will provide capacity and reliability to support the rapid commercial, industrial and residential growth in Sarpy County.
Over the past couple of months, OPPD has been seeking stakeholder feedback on the multiple route options through mailings, OPPDListens.com, meetings with local leaders and agencies and a public open house. Stakeholder feedback – in addition to careful evaluation of environmental, engineering and community criteria – was used to help OPPD select the final route. You may view a map of that route at OPPDListens.com.
STP work now will focus on line design engineering, environmental permitting, right-of-way activities and material procurement. Construction is expected to begin in June 2019. The line will be in service by December 2019. The STP Project Update presentation, as shared with directors, is available within the committee meeting material at oppd.com/boardmeeting.
At today’s meeting, the board authorized awarding a contract to advance another project, the Elkhorn River Valley Transmission Project (ERVTP), a joint effort with the Fremont Department of Utilities. OPPD will award a contract to Thompson Construction, Inc., out of Fremont, in the amount of $595,661, for the procurement of labor and material to install substation foundations, grounding and duct lines as well as a transformer foundation and oil containment system. Construction will begin this fall, and the line is expected to be in-service by the end of next year.
Directors also provided authorization for OPPD to sell up to $250 million of authorized bonds to refund existing debt through December 2018. This enables the district to take advantage of favorable market conditions as they arise.
In other action, directors:
- Approved a collectively bargained agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local #1483.
- Accepted the monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-10, relating to Ethics. 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.
- Received its monthly President’s report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.
Next month’s board committee meetings are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 10. The monthly board meeting will be held Oct. 12 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.