TransWest Express Transmission Project, Gateway South Project Each Receives a BLM Record of Decision

TransWest Express Transmission Project, Gateway South Project Each Receives a BLM Record of Decision

Two Wyoming transmission projects receive the final decision in the federal environmental review process

 December 13, 2016 – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave its final federal approval, the Record of Decision, for the TransWest Express Transmission Project and Energy Gateway South Project. The TWE Project has been in the federal environmental review process for eight years.

“This is a positive step forward for transmission development in Wyoming. Although there is still work to be done, we are encouraged by today’s Record of Decision from the BLM on these two projects. In order for Wyoming to continue to be an energy leader, a diversified energy portfolio is key, and having the increased export transmission capacity that these projects bring is critical,” said Jason Begger, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Executive Director.

Both projects will start in Carbon County, Wyoming. The TWE Project will deliver Wyoming wind energy to the Southwestern region of the country while the Gateway South project will cover Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority has long been a proponent of exporting Wyoming wind to other states for the economic benefits it would deliver back to Wyoming. In 2015, it commissioned the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center to study the overall benefits that Wyoming wind could provide to help California meet its renewable energy goals. That study can be found on the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s website.

 

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