Maps and visuals
The route for the electricity transmission line is approximately 730 miles in length, with a typical right-of-way width of 250 feet. Substation/converter stations, approximately 200 acres in size, will be constructed at each terminating point in Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
Power line design
Along the route, transmission structure heights may vary from 100 feet to 180 feet depending upon structure type, terrain, span and line crossings. The span between structures may vary from 900 to 1,500 feet. The AC structures will look very similar to the DC structures, however, they will have three sets of conductor wires instead of two sets.
DC line structures
tubular steel structure
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In the news
"To accelerate the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar and biofuels over the next three years. We'll begin to build a new electricity grid that lay down more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines to convey this new energy from coast to coast."
- President Barack Obama, weekly address, Jan. 24, 2009