The R-Line project is back in the news, as the US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a comment period related to that project now that the final R-Line route has been proposed.  FWS has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register and is opening a 60 day public comment period on the revised Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the R-Project Transmission Line in Nebraska.  The public comment period began on February 9 and ends April 9, 2024.

The R-Project is a proposed 226-mile transmission line that would start at NPPD’s Gerald Gentleman Substation near Sutherland, go north to a 345 kilovolt substation in Thomas County near Thedford, and then extend eastward to another 345 kilovolt substation sited in Hold County and interconnect with Western Area Power Administration’s existing Fort Thompson-to-Grand Island 345 kilovolt substation  located on the eastern border of Holt County.

In Person meetings will be held on February 27 in North Platte, and Thursday the 29th at the MPCC campus in Broken Bow.

Virtual meetings will be held March 7th from 5 to 7 Central Time.

For more information, listeners are advised to visit the project website / project/ r-project-transmission-line.