Solicitation launched for new Wyoming-Nevada transmission capacity

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June 9 (Renewables Now) - The developer of the 3-GW TransWest Express (TWE) renewable power transmission line between Wyoming and Nevada is seeking potential customers for capacity available under the project.

TransWest Express LLC has issued an open solicitation for the initial capacity allocation process, awaiting statements of interest from potential clients. The round will aim to solicit interest for two primary long-term firm transmission service products -- an up to 1,500-MW Wyoming to Utah point-to-point service, and another for an up to 1,500-MW Wyoming to Nevada point-to-point service. Each of the two will provide transmission service from Wyoming to market off-take points in Utah and Nevada.

The solicitation is being organised by independent manager PA Consulting on behalf of TransWest Express. Statements of interest will be accepted by August 6.

With a USD-3-billion (EUR 2.46bn) investment, the 732-mile (1,178 km) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) project will help Western electricity markets gain access to high-capacity wind power supplies from Wyoming and enable the connected states and entities reach renewable energy and emissions targets.

Major federal and state permits have been secured from the Nevada and Wyoming regulators, the Bureau of Land Management (BOEM) and other government agencies. Conditional use permits and county authorisations have been obtained in 14 counties, the developer said.

“This 500 kV electricity transmission investment will help modernize the Western power grid and make it more resilient, reliable and ready to facilitate the renewable energy that is needed to achieve federal, state and municipal goals,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of TransWest.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.820)

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