BLM gives final approval to build 416-mile electric transmission line in US

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2022 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued final approval to a 416-mile electric transmission line to help link more wind and solar energy to the Western grid.

This permit enables PacifiCorp to commence building the line.

The line will run from Southwest Wyoming through Colorado to central Utah.

This approval is part of the efforts of the Biden administration to accelerate approvals for renewable energy projects on public lands to create jobs and address climate change, reported Reuters.

The project will support around 1,325 construction jobs and help integrate up to 2GWof new renewable energy resources into the grid while also ensuring dependability of current generation resources.

Bureau of Land Management director Tracy Stone-Manning said: “BLM-managed public lands will continue to serve an important role in modernizing the nation’s infrastructure as we advance President Biden’s goal of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050.

“As we build toward a clean energy future, we must make sure we do so responsibly. Approving large-scale transmission projects like this are key to bringing renewable energy online, while creating good-paying union jobs and helping bolster community resilience against the climate crisis.”

The project is part of PacifiCorp’s larger Energy Gateway Transmission Expansion, a multi-year plan to add about 2,000 miles of new transmission lines across the western part of the country.

PacifiCorp intends to add 2GW of wind and solar energy over the next two decades while retiring most of its 22 coal plants.

It also has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 74% from 2005 levels by 2030.

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Image: The line will run from Southwest Wyoming through Colorado to central Utah. Credit: Pexels from Pixabay.

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