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.
Learn more about TransWest Express
- TransWest Express News Release
- Facts about BLM’s programs and goals for transmission development on federal land.
- Facts about WAPA’s Transmission Infrastructure Program.
- Facts about TransWest and the TWE Project.
About the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), is an instrumentality of the State of Wyoming whose purpose is to advance Wyoming’s Energy Strategy by promoting the value of Wyoming’s energy resources, supporting expanded infrastructure, enhancing resource development and operation, and ensuring a credible and objective voice for Wyoming. $1 billion in bonding authority was given to the WIA for the financing of infrastructure relative to facilities within its legislative purview. The authority was created by the State Legislature in 2004 and is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Wyoming State Senate.
For more information on the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, visit www.wyia.org.