Critical grid infrastructure to connect the West
By the numbers
- 732 miles of high-voltage transmission infrastructure consisting of two systems: a 500kV direct current (DC) system with terminals near Sinclair, Wyo., and Delta, Utah; and a 500kV alternating current (AC) system from the Utah terminal to southern Nevada.
- $3 billion estimated cost
- DC system terminals to be phased over time from 1,500 MW to 3,000 MW of transmission capacity
- July 25, 2022: TransWest Express Transmission Project submits application to join California ISO balancing authority
- March 16, 2022: Initial transmission capacity allocation process is complete
BLM and WAPA are joint lead agencies that prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the TWE Project. USFS was a cooperating agency. Each federal agency has an EIS-related site:
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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