Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Master of Business Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Graham R. Mitenko


The purpose of this thesis is to study the benefit and cost of constructing a 161, 230, or 345 kilovolt (kV)1 transmission line between Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)2, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, and OPPD’s northern Control Area neighbor, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA),3 a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.4 Seven transmission construction project options will be analyzed, and a description of the individual characteristics of each option will be discussed. The characteristics of each option include the option specific assumed benefits, costs, right of ways, environmental impacts, and transmission system impact studies. The scope of the analysis also will include discussion of the legal ramifications for OPPD to own transmission assets outside of the borders of the State of Nebraska, and the legality for companies established outside of Iowa (the targeted construction State) to own transmission assets within the borders of Iowa. A side by side benefit and cost analysis of the options will be compared and a final recommendation will be suggested by the author.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Business Administration and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Business Administration University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2005, Thomas James Sandoz

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