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TWE featured in Renew Grid magazine,
participates in UAC conference

Nov. 18, 2010 – TransWest Express LLC recently was highlighted in a national renewable energy magazine and at a Utah statewide conference, helping to further strengthen awareness about the company’s proposed TransWest Express Transmission Project – one of the largest power line projects in the country.

  • A cover story in the November 2010 Renew Grid magazine features the benefits of high-voltage direct current technology, which will be used in the TWE Project. As the article notes, HVDC uses two sets of transmission lines while AC uses three, and it only requires converter stations at the ends while AC requires several substations along the route. Experts have found HVDC lines become more cost-effective than AC lines at distances of 350-400 miles, and the TWE Project has a proposed route of 725 miles.

    Bill Miller, president and CEO of TWE, is quoted in the piece: “There historically have not been many opportunities to connect remote generation resources to distant load centers,” he explains. “In the case of the TWE project, we have the opportunity to connect high-quality, economic Wyoming wind resources to the desert Southwest market, which is over 700 miles away.” Renew Grid is a trade publication focusing on intelligent power generation, transmission, distribution and use.
  • TransWest Express LLC joined in the discussions about Utah’s future at the 86th annual Utah Association of Counties convention, held Nov. 10-12 in St. George, Utah. For the second consecutive year, TWE was a sponsor and also this year participated as a convention exhibitor to share information about its TransWest Express Transmission Project. Each November, the UAC event brings together county officials as they discuss legislative issues, share best practices and become better acquainted with products and services to help local governments. County commissioners, county attorneys, treasurers, clerks and other leaders had the opportunity to meet the TWE team, ask questions, and review how the power line project will benefit Utah and the region.

The TWE Project is a proposed 3,000 megawatt HVDC transmission line designed to deliver clean, sustainable energy and help strengthen the capacity and reliability of the western U.S. power grid. The 725-mile proposed route – primarily on federal land – starts in Wyoming, crosses northwest Colorado, and follows transmission corridors in several Utah counties before ending near Las Vegas. The Bureau of Land Management and Western Area Power Administration are joint lead agencies on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the TWE Project.

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