Construction is starting on the TransWest Express (TWE) Transmission Project – a high-voltage interregional transmission system including capability to ship renewable energy throughout the Western United States power grid. Federal, state and native officers, together with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, not too long ago participated in a groundbreaking ceremony
The occasion befell on the Overland Trail Ranch, a working cattle ranch south of Rawlins, Wyo., the place the TWE Project’s northern HVDC terminal is sited.
The 732-mile HVDC and HVAC TWE Project will present vital new bulk transmission capability to learn all the West. It will interconnect with the PacifiCorp system in Wyoming, with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and Intermountain Power methods in Utah, with the NV Energy system in Nevada and with the California Independent System Operator.
“The groundbreaking event for the TransWest Express demonstrates yet another example of how Wyoming is continuing its energy leadership,” says Gov. Gordon. We are glad to have the ability to present energy to primarily California and Nevada customers, who need what Wyoming has to supply.”
TWE’s main development companions are Siemens Energy Inc. for the HVDC terminal expertise and Barnard Wilson Joint Venture for the transmission line and AC substations. TransWest is also partnering with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and International Union of Operating Engineers.
The TWE Project would be the Western power grid’s largest transmission addition in a long time. It will join three planning areas within the West, whereas including 3,000 MW of high-voltage capability from Wyoming to Utah and 1,500 MW of high-voltage capability from Utah to the Desert Southwest (Nevada, California, Arizona). The mission additionally will present the West with new entry to wind-generated electrical energy from Carbon County.
Adds Secretary Granholm: “The TransWest Express Project will play a serious function in our nation’s energy safety, making certain that home-grown clear energy can kind the spine of our electrical grid as we rebuild a stronger, extra resilient transmission system.
The TWE Project is predicted to come back on-line in 2027.