BLM to Advance Cross-Tie Power Transmission Project | News, Sports, Jobs
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The Biden-Harris administration and the Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday that milestones have been reached on several transmission projects, including the proposed Cross-Tie transmission project in Utah.
The Cross-Tie Transmission Project is a 1,500 megawatt, 500 kilovolt high voltage alternating current transmission project. These transmission lines would be built in federally designated utility corridors or parallel to existing transmission facilities and would connect the Clover substation, located near Mona in central Utah, to the of Robinson Summit in east central Nevada. If approved, the Cross-Tie line has the potential to unlock up to 1,500 MW of renewable energy.
“This project proposes to transfer wind power from Wyoming, as well as wind and solar power from Utah and Nevada, using public lands managed by BLM to provide clean, renewable energy to Americans,” said BLM Utah State manager Greg Sheehan in a press release. Release. “We are committed to leading a strong and inclusive public scoping period and encouraging the public to engage in the process. By leveraging input from the public, partners, tribes and stakeholder groups, we can consider all potential impacts on the lands and resources we manage. »
The BLM issues draft environmental impact statements and launches two other major transmission line environmental reviews for the Cross-Tie projects in Nevada and Utah. A notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on this project will be posted in the Federal Register on Monday, initiating the 30-day public scoping period.
During the scoping period, the BLM will seek public comment on the proposed Cross-Tie transmission project. The public is invited to attend virtual meetings regarding the project on May 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. and May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. To register for one of these meetings, visit https://go.usa.gov/xzvQm. Additionally, in-person office hours will be offered during the scoping period. Written comments on the draft will be accepted by the BLM by letter or email until May 31.
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Other ongoing transmission projects include the SunZia transmission project in New Mexico and Arizona and the Greenlink West project in Nevada. It is estimated that, if approved, these transmission projects have the potential to create 10,000 MW of power and transport this renewable energy across the West.
“The Department of the Interior continues to make meaningful progress in President Biden‘s efforts to spur a clean energy revolution, strengthen and decarbonize the national economy, and help communities transition to a clean energy future” , Secretary Deb Haaland said in a press release. “Transmission projects like the ones being advanced today offer a promising path to diversify our national energy portfolio and connect more renewable energy, while tackling climate change and investing in communities.