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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) are seeking public comments in response to the recently published draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the TransWest Express (TWE) Transmission Project.

According to developer TransWest Express LLC, the proposed transmission system upgrade is designed to deliver 3 GW of renewable energy from Wyoming to the Desert Southwest. The 725-mile proposed route for the TWE project crosses primarily federal land.

The report informs the public of various factors associated with this new transmission line, including its potential ecological, aesthetic, cultural, economic and social effects. The draft report also identifies an agency-preferred alternative route from south-central Wyoming, through northwest Colorado and central Utah, and through southeastern Nevada before the route terminates at the Eldorado Valley electric power complex near the Hoover Dam.

The Draft EIS meetings/hearings, with two in Wyoming and one in Colorado, are scheduled next week. The open houses give the public an opportunity to review project information, ask questions, and provide comments to the BLM and WAPA for consideration in the Final EIS, which is scheduled to be released in 2014. More information is available at TransWest Express LLC’s website.



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