Comments sought on extra-high-voltage power line

Public comments are being sought on an extra-high-voltage power line that would cross northwestern Colorado and Utah in delivering renewable energy from Wyoming to the Southwest.

The 725-mile overhead transmission project is proposed by TransWest Express, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Corp., the Bureau of Land Management said today in a news release.

The 600-kilovolt, direct-current line would transmit up to 3,000 megawatts per year of electricity from planned renewable energy facilities in south-central Wyoming to southern Nevada to help meet anticipated increased demand in the Southwest. It also would include two AC/DC converter stations, a fiber optic network communications system and two ground electrode facilities.

Proposed alternative routes would affect federal, state and private lands, the BLM said.  That agency and the Western Area Power Administration are planning 23 meetings along the proposed corridor.

A public comment period began today and runs through April 4. Colorado meetings are scheduled from 4-7 p.m. as follows:

• Jan. 26, Moffat County School District Administrative Building, 775 Yampa Ave., Craig

• Jan. 27, Northwestern Community College, Weiss Activity Center, 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely

• Jan. 31, Central High School Library, 550 Warrior Way, Grand Junction

More information may be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/HighDesert/transwest.html.



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