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Major power line project advances

NV Energy's plan to construct a power transmission line from Ely to Las Vegas and connect it to the line that reaches north from Ely to Boulder Valley has cleared another step toward project approval. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Ely office has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposed One Nevada Line, also called ON Line, and is accepting public comment through Jan. 8. ...The line opens "a pathway for renewable energy currently inaccessible in northern and eastern Nevada."

ELKO - NV Energy's plan to construct a power transmission line from Ely to Las Vegas and connect it to the line that reaches north from Ely to Boulder Valley has cleared another step toward project approval.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Ely office has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposed One Nevada Line, also called ON Line, and is accepting public comment through Jan. 8.

The proposed line is the one NV Energy originally planned to tie in with a proposed coal-fired power plant called the Ely Energy Center to be built near Ely. The BLM held public meetings in Elko on the power plant EIS released in January of this year.

NV Energy announced in February the company was indefinitely postponing construction of the power plant but wanted to continue with plans for the transmission line.

The line will extend roughly 236 miles from a substation to be constructed west of Ely to the Harry Allen substation north of Las Vegas. NV Energy spokesman Mark Severts said the company hopes to break ground on the project in 2011 and put it in service by the end of 2012.

"The cost is estimated to be just over $500 million," he said.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

ELKO - NV Energy's plan to construct a power transmission line from Ely to Las Vegas and connect it to the line that reaches north from Ely to Boulder Valley has cleared another step toward project approval.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Ely office has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposed One Nevada Line, also called ON Line, and is accepting public comment through Jan. 8.

The proposed line is the one NV Energy originally planned to tie in with a proposed coal-fired power plant called the Ely Energy Center to be built near Ely. The BLM held public meetings in Elko on the power plant EIS released in January of this year.

NV Energy announced in February the company was indefinitely postponing construction of the power plant but wanted to continue with plans for the transmission line.

The line will extend roughly 236 miles from a substation to be constructed west of Ely to the Harry Allen substation north of Las Vegas. NV Energy spokesman Mark Severts said the company hopes to break ground on the project in 2011 and put it in service by the end of 2012.

"The cost is estimated to be just over $500 million," he said.

Three public meetings to gather comment on the project are planned next month. The Ely meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Bristlecone Convention Center, following 6 p.m. meetings Dec. 8 in Las Vegas and Dec. 9 in Caliente.

Severts said the project requires BLM approval and Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approval.

"The reason it is a supplemental EIS and not a new one is that we drew from the EIS for the Ely Energy Center. We just isolated the power line," said Michael Dwyer, a project manager for the BLM's Ely District.

Dwyer said the BLM used feedback on the proposed transmission line submitted for the full power plant project EIS to prepare the study of the line project alone.

The draft supplemental EIS includes a proposal to expand the Falcon substation in Eureka County as part of the plan to tie the north and south together via the ON Line. The proposed new substation at Ely would be connected to the Gonder substation north of Ely that in turn connects to the Falcon station.

Along with connecting the north and south power grids, NV Energy wants the new line to be ready for new geothermal, solar, wind and biomass alternative energy projects, Dwyer said.

"It turns out to be a big thing," he said, explaining that NV Energy is required to provide a portion of its power from renewable energy projects, and geothermal projects in the northern part of the state can be used as renewable energy credits in southern Nevada with the power grids linked.

"Benefits are threefold," Severts said.

The line opens "a pathway for renewable energy currently inaccessible in northern and eastern Nevada, enables our southern customers to benefit from renewable energy from the north (geothermal) in the summer and northern customers to benefit from southern solar in the winter and links our northern and southern systems for the first time for reliability and energy plant efficiencies," he said.

The proposed line would be built nearly all on public land, Dwyer said. It would be constructed along an existing utility corridor called the West-Wide Energy Corridor, and the Great Basin Transmission LLC line is in the same corridor.

Copies of the draft supplemental EIS on the proposed transmission line are available on the Internet at www.blm.gov/nv/ by clicking on the BLM Ely District on the map and then clicking on the document under "In the Spotlight."


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NOV 30 2009
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