US clears Wyoming-Utah transmission line to start construction
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The US administration last week approved construction of the Energy Gateway South Transmission line from Wyoming to Utah that is expected to support the integration of up to 2 GW of new renewable energy and the reliability of existing generation.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a notice to proceed, authorising PacifiCorp to start construction of the 416-mile (670 km) line from the Aeolus substation near Medicine Bow in Wyoming to the Clover substation near Mona in Utah. The project, which goes through Colorado, is part of the company’s Energy Gateway Transmission Expansion plan to build 2,000 miles of transmission lines across the western US.
PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, recently said construction is set to start in early June, with the line to be operational in late 2024.
BLM said the approval is part of the administration’s efforts to upgrade power infrastructure in the West and permit at least 25 GW of solar, wind and geothermal energy on public lands by 2025.