BLM Advances Major Wyo.-to-Nev. Project as Admin Pushes Renewables

"The Bureau of Land Management today released the draft environmental review of a Wyoming-to-Nevada transmission line project that would allow wind-generated electricity in Wyoming to power homes as far away as California and could play a major role in meeting aggressive renewable energy goals outlined last week in President Obama's climate change strategy."

"The multivolume draft environmental impact statement for the 725-mile-long TransWest Express transmission line marks a major milestone for a project that's been under federal review for years. TransWest Express is one of seven pilot projects the Obama administration has targeted to "quickly advance" through the federal permitting process.

The TransWest Express line would carry as much as 3,000 megawatts of electricity -- including wind-generated power from planned wind farms in Wyoming -- from a substation in Sinclair, Wyo., in the south-central part of the state, across portions of Colorado and Utah to a substation in southern Nevada, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas. The power line, once placed into service, would have the capacity to transmit enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes, according to BLM."

Scott Streater reports for Greenwire July 3, 2013.

Source: Greenwire, 07/08/2013