Solar, Wind Power

Four-State Transmission Plan Will Boost Renewables

Gov. Kenny Guinn announced an agreement between the Governors of Nevada, California, Utah and Wyoming that will allow all four states to pursue the development of the “Frontier Line,” a transmission project involving the construction of a transmission line through the four states.

Guinn said the project is designed to provide economic benefits to all four states, as well as enhanced reliability for the West’s overall high-voltage transmission grid, and clear the way for new, commercial-scale renewable energy developments. “We all clearly remember the energy crisis that hit the West in 2000-2001,” Gov. Guinn said. “This is a very important step forward for the State of Nevada and the West. Thanks to a [agreement] that is being signed among the four participating states, the region is moving with great speed and unparalleled cooperation to ensure that we will continue to meet a growing energy demand – and provide vital economic and environmental benefits to all the participating states.” The governor’s office said the project will help the states better deal with growing consumer electric power demand in the West, and will also more tightly coordinate the four states’ development of renewable and conventional resources. The agreement creates a transmission project coordinating committee, of which each state will be a member and will supply senior-level staff as participants. Work has already been done to identify a preliminary route for the project. The coordinating committee will serve as a surrogate developer until the project can be made available for further engineering analysis and development.