A Express Transmission Project Receives Approval From Nevada Puc
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TransWest Express Transmission Project receives approval from Nevada PUC
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted approval for the $3 billion Trans West Express project (TWEP). TWEP is a 725 mile 600-kilovolt transmission line carrying 3,000-megawatt of mostly renewable energy. This project will help deliver high-capacity renewable energy to larger markets in the west, including utilities in Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. The Department of Energy (DOE) Western Area Power Authority (WAPA) entered into a non-binding agreement with TransWest to procure a 50 percent equity stake in the transmission project. Under the current non-binding contractual agreement, TransWest Express, LLC and Western are jointly developing and maintaining the transmission line. To protect wetlands and wildlife habitat, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the DOE’s Western Area Power Administration are preparing an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act for the TransWest Express Transmission Project. Transwest officials estimate a large portion of the proposed route is sited on federal land, which is mainly administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. Developers expect to start the construction in 2017 and service it in 2020.