How 00 I Submit A Survey?

• Complete and submit this survey at the public open house or follow the directions on the reverse side of this sheet to mail your comments.

• Submit electronic surveys by visiting the LES website, on Central Lincoln Reliability Project.

1. Demographic Data



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City, State, Zip: ---------------------------------------1 Phone:


Contact Preference: D Direct Mail D Email D Do Not Contact



2. LES is considering all of the following criteria. Which are the most important routing considerations to you? [pick three]

D Capitol Environs District or Capitol View Corridors crossed

D Ease of access for initial construction and future LES maintenance D Impacts to viewpoints

o Park land! open space/ recreational areas crossed D Proximity to approved platted development

D Proximity to commercial buildings

D Proximity to community playgrounds

D Proximity to Historic Districts D Proximity to houses

D Proximity to places of worship D Proximity to schools

KTotal cost of the transmission line o Trees impacted

D Wetlands/waterways crossed

3. Are there additional routing criteria we should consider? l

V 4. If you were to select areas of this project that should be above ground, where are they? Please be specific about streets and landmarks.

5. If you were to select areas of this project that should be underground, where are they? Please be specific about streets and landmarks.

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Lincoln Electric System Attn: JD Linscott

PO Box 80869

Lincoln, NE 68501


The purpose of today's open house is to provide updated information on the Central Lincoln Reliability Project, discuss possible routes, get input on routing criteria, answer questions and take comments. A map of possible routes is included on the inside of this handout and frequently asked questions are located on the back.

Central lincoln Reliability Project

Since 1966, Lincoln Electric System (LES) has provided reliable and low-cost electric service to Lincoln area residents. At the heart of maintaining this service is a reliable system that delivers electricity on customer demand.

The purpose of this project is to:

• Replace aging cables

• Meet growing demand for electricity

• Improve system reliability

The existing 115 kilovolt (kY) transmission line was installed underground 35 years ago north and south of the 30th and A substation and is reaching the end of its useful life. To meet the growing demand for electricity in central Lincoln and to improve overall system reliability, it is necessary for LES to construct a new 115 kV transmission line that will connect four substations: 56th and Everett; 30th and A; a new substation at 21 st and N; and 17th and Holdrege.

For more information about the Central Lincoln Reliability Project, visit and click on the Central Lincoln Reliability Project.

The Routing Process

Today's open house is the second of three that LES will host during this routing study to involve the public in the routing process. As this graphic illustrates, information gathered from each open house will be used to narrow possible routes.

Get Involved

• Visit us at and click on the Central Lincoln Reliability Project

• Call the project information line at (402) 817-4040

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Review public input and area information

Routing Process


* Substation Location

~. Possible Above Ground or Underground 115kV Transmission Line #' Possible Underground Only 115kVTransmission line

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LES has developed a number of possible routes for the new 115 kV transmission line as shown on the accompanying map. Based on public and agency input

to date, underground and overhead options are being considered. LES is also committed to maximizing the use of public right-of-ways. The underground options shown here were selected based on preliminary information on existing underground facilities. The exact locations of these facilities will not be determined until the final engineering design.

Three categories of criteria are being used to determine the most appropriate route including:

• land Criteria: Proximity to houses, schools, places of worship, commercial buildings, approved platted development, community playgrounds, recreational spaces, air space and major transportation corridors.

• Environmental Criteria: Proximity to trees, viewpoints, cultural and historic areas, water resources, and Capitol Environs District and Capitol View Corridors.

• Engineering Criteria: Access for construction and maintenance, cost and amount of easement area.

Please use the survey form to tell us which routing criteria are most important to you. You may also go online to on the Central Lincoln Reliability Project and fill out the survey.

Thank you for coming and sharing your opinions with us.

Possible segments that are only underground because of community impacts to:

• Capitol Environs District

• Antelope Valley

• 27th St Re-development

Possible segments that could be above or below ground

Frequently Asked QUESTIONS

Why does the existing 115 kV underground line need to be replaced?

The existing underground transmission line is 35 years old with a projected life expectancy of 35-40 years. Tests have shown that the cables are near the end of their useful life. Approximately 13,000 customers are currently served by this line and could be at risk of an outage in the event of a failure.

How much is this project going to cost?

The cost to construct an overhead transmission line is approximately $400,000 to $600,000 per mile. The cost to construct an underground transmission line is approximately $5 to $10 million per mile. The entire project is about five miles long and may include some overhead portions and some underground portions.

Will this project cause my electric bill to go up?

[f the transmission line is constructed as an overhead line, a rate increase is not anticipated. If the line is constructed as an underground line, a rate increase of 1- 2% might be necessary. If the line is constructed with some portions overhead and some underground, the need for a rate increase will be determined based on how much of the line is placed underground.

Will the project be built underground?

It is unknown at this time. Many factors are being considered regarding the use of underground or overhead transmission lines including cost, life expectancy, risk of outage, maintenance, repair and construction impacts. It is possible that the final route could be a combination of both.

Does lES prefer to build the 115 kV transmission line overhead or underground?

LES does not have a preference. LES is a nonprofit, publicly-owned electric utility and is responsible for building and maintaining a reliable electric system for its customer-owners while keeping the electric rates as low as possible. An overhead line will result in the lowest cost. However, there may be circumstances where our customer-owners believe more should be spent to place the transmission line underground.

If the transmission line is installed overhead, will it require the removal of trees?

[f the transmission line is built overhead along a street where the trees have already been trimmed for existing electric lines, the trees will require little trimming, if any. If there are no existing electric lines, LES will attempt to build over the tops of the trees to minimize impact.

Will lES need to obtain an easement on my property?

LES is unable to answer that question until the final route has been chosen. However, it is anticipated that the majority of the transmission line will be built on public right-of-way, which will minimize the number of easements needed.

Wil! poles be placed in my yard if the transmission line is built overhead?

LES anticipates an overhead line would generally be constructed along a street with the poles placed between the curb and the sidewalk.

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