in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

St. Louis-based Great Basin Transmission LLC (GBT) has launched an open season to receive proposals for the purchase of long-term, point-to-point transmission rights on the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP). Successful bidders in the open season will secure firm transmission rights to support financing of new generation resources and to allow existing generation resources to transport their output to attractive liquid markets in the West.

The SWIP is a proposed above-ground, 500 kV alternating current transmission line stretching over 500 miles between southern Idaho and southern Nevada. As much as 1,850 MW of north-to-south transmission capacity and 1,850 MW of south-to-north transmission capacity will be available for purchase during the open season.

The SWIP will provide a new energy pathway connecting the existing high-voltage transmission infrastructure near Twin Falls, Idaho, and the existing systems in northern Nevada and the Las Vegas area. It will provide direct interconnection and/or viable access to multiple transmission providers in the West, which may include Arizona Public Service, Idaho Power, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Nevada Power, PacifiCorp, Salt River Project, Sierra Pacific Power, Southern California Edison and the Western Area Power Administration.

The SWIP is being developed in phases. The first phase, which connects southern Nevada with northern Nevada, is expected to begin construction in 2009 and achieve commercial operation as early as 2010. The next phase, which reaches to southern Idaho, is expected to achieve commercial operation as early as 2011.

GBT is developing the SWIP in response to the growing needs of the Southwest and the Northwest. The SWIP will provide economic, environmental and reliability benefits for the West. The SWIP will also provide an important pathway for renewable energy resources to reach major load centers.

GBT will hold a conference for potential bidders in Las Vegas on Nov. 18, to provide a description of the SWIP and key information about the open season process.

SOURCE: Great Basin Transmission, LLC


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?


Six Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
UnitedEquip_id1995
Tower Conference_id1965