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Moffat County approves CUP for TWE Project [free access]

February 19, 2019

The Moffat County (in Colorado State) Board of County Commissioners has approved a conditional-use permit (CUP) for the TransWest Express (TWE) Project, proposed by TransWest Express LLC (a wholly-owned affiliate of The Anschutz Corporation, a privately-held company based in Denver).


The USD3 billion project includes the construction of a 730-mile (1,175-km), ±600 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) overhead double-circuit transmission line, which will deliver renewable energy from wind energy projects near Rawlins in Wyoming to Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The line will run from south-central Wyoming, cross Colorado and Utah, with a potential interconnection at the Intermountain Power Project near Delta, Utah, and terminate at the Marketplace Hub in southern Nevada. The line, after being connected with a substation located south of Las Vegas, Nevada, will interconnect with the power network of California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to deliver power in California. In addition, the project also includes alternating current (AC)/direct current (DC) converter stations in Wyoming and Nevada.


Recently in January 2019, the Moffat County conducted a public hearing to discuss the project’s CUP on January 8, 2019 in the Moffat County Courthouse. The project had earlier received a CUP from Carbon County, Wyoming in December 2018, completing all the key local permits in the state.


The developer is yet to secure agreements with 17 private landowners in Moffat County before beginning construction of the transmission line. TransWest expects to begin construction works in 2020, with a proposed completion slated for 2022.