Wyoming regulators approve 3-GW renewables transmission link

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April 22 (Renewables Now) - Wyoming's Industrial Siting Council has given the nod to the up to 3-GW TransWest Express (TWE) renewable power transmission line that will link Wyoming and Nevada.

TransWest Express LLC’s CEO and president Bill Miller announced the milestone on Friday, saying that the state and federal permitting process for the USD-3-billion (EUR 2.67bn) project is now complete. The developer still needs to obtain some approvals from Utah and Nevada counties, expected to be secured by end-2019 and hopes to be able to launch construction of the 730-mile (1,175 km) system next year.

The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) TWE link, which will be able to transmit between 1.5 GW and 3 GW of renewable power, will be installed south of Rawlins and Sinclair in central Wyoming and will interconnect with the local power grid. It will then extend to a terminal near Delta in Utah and reach the Marketplace Hub near Hoover Dam in southern Nevada, which provides interconnections to the California, Nevada and Arizona grids.

TransWest Express said the TWE line will offer western electricity markets “efficient access” to renewable power from Wyoming, including high-capacity wind energy resources. The project has already received the required local permits from Carbon County and Sweetwater County in Wyoming, Moffat County in Colorado and from five Utah counties.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.889)

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