in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Californians would benefit and save money - up to $1 billion in annual generation costs - if a new direct-current transmission line connected the California grid to Wyoming's high-capacity wind energy resources, according to an economic analysis produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Commissioned by the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) in 2013, the final report shows the calculated benefits of such a transmission project would outweigh the costs by more than two times. The WIA says that is well above the threshold utilities typically require before making transmission investments.

The Wyoming legislature created the WIA in 2004 to diversify and expand the state economy through improvements in the state’s electric transmission infrastructure and to facilitate the consumption of Wyoming energy.

“Wyoming has some of the best onshore wind in the United States,” says Loyd Drain, executive director of the WIA. “This study quantifies the benefit of connecting the best wind in the West to the state with the largest demand for renewables in the West - thus, the California-Wyoming connection.”

The study looked at various scenarios and reviewed how California plans to supply the 32,000 GWh of new renewable energy in order to meet the state’s 33% by 2020 renewable portfolio standard (RPS). According to the WIA, the report suggests Wyoming wind power would help the state accomplish its goals, and at a low long-term cost.

Drain notes that one Wyoming direct-current transmission line, the TransWest Express Transmission Project, is well advanced in the federal permitting process and on track to be in service ahead of California’s 2020 RPS deadline. The TransWest project is a 600 kV, 3 GW, high-voltage direct-current transmission line that would be 725 miles long. 



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Could New Desert Plan Spell The End Of California Wind Energy Development?

The California Wind Energy Association says it is disappointed with the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which was recently released by state and federal agencies.


New U.S. House Bill Includes Wind PTC Extension

U.S. representatives have introduced the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014, which would extend the production tax credit (PTC) and other provisions through 2016.


Utility-Scale Wind And Solar Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study measures the levelized cost of energy from various technologies and suggests that the costs of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

The Ontario government says the nearly four-year-old offshore wind moratorium will remain in place until the province fully understands the technology’s impact on the environment.


Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
UnitedEquip_id1995
Future Energy_id2008