Neb. Supreme Ct. upholds public power ruling

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Posted: Dec 23, 2011 1:32 PM
Neb. Supreme Ct. upholds public power ruling

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a decision to deny one town's application to build new power line.

The court issued an opinion Friday that affirmed an earlier decision by the Nebraska Power Review Board. Board members ruled that the proposal by the central Nebraska town of Minden was not the most economical or feasible way to supply electricity to residents.

The board said the proposal would unnecessarily duplicate an existing line owned by Nebraska's Southern Public Power District, which objected to the application.

Minden city officials said the project was needed to replace underground lines that are now about 30 years old. The project was estimated to cost $750,000, but was later lowered to $500,000.

The court ruled that the power review board's decision was not arbitrary or unreasonable.