Transmission is the term that refers to those really big power lines and the giant towers that support them. Transmission is also the ability to move electricity over long distances.  The most obvious example of the need for transmission infrastructure is to provide a way to move wind-generated electricity from the largely rural hot spots to the more significant centers of demand in the urban areas.

There are major investments in transmission planned or underway in Nebraska. One is the “R Plan” that will run between north-central Nebraska and NPPD’s coal-fired Gerald Gentleman Station near North Platte.  This extension will provide reliability by providing another route to deliver electricity and it has the virtue of running near some of the best wind resources in the state, which are among the very best in the USA.