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Will the TransWest Express Power the U.S. Southwest?

Posted January 12, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

Wyoming is America's least-populated state with a population density that's exceeded only by Alaska. Rich in natural resources, the Equality State contains coal, oil, natural gas, methane, and minerals such as uranium. Wyoming is also home to the Red Desert, one of the continent's last high-desert ecosystems, and over 50% of America's Class 6 and Class 7 winds.

Wyoming's neighbors to the south and west are buffeted by much faster population growth. States like Nevada may even double in population by 2025. To meet future energy demands then, Transwest Express, LLC has applied for a right-of-way to build and operate a 600-kV overhead high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that would carry renewable energy to the desert Southwest.

The 725-mile long Transwest Express Transmission Line Project would begin in south-central Wyoming near Cheyenne before crossing northwestern Colorado and all of Utah. Although the new power lines would run well to the south of Salt Lake City, the terminus of the Transwest Express would be near Las Vegas.

Critics of the proposed project, which would cross both public and private lands, worry about its environmental consequences. But aren't the potential impacts on vegetation, soil, air quality, and water quality relatively short-term (and perhaps overstated) while the long-term benefits of this project paramount to the Southwest's economic future?

Souces: Bureau of Land Management, University of Wyoming, National Wildlife Federation, Transwest Express LLC

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01/12/2011 2:13 PM

Is the wind farm in place? If yes, where is the energy being used today? If no, when will it be ready?

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01/13/2011 7:17 AM

If I was a landowner, and someone wanted to run lines across my property, given the termination point, my first thought would be that this was primarily intended to feed the 24 hour perpetual, wasteful glitz, that is Las Vegas, which would probably be accurate. I'd be fighting it tooth and nail.

Turn off all the flashing lights in Vegas, and the Hoover dam could probably supply residential power to the area for the next 100 years.

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01/13/2011 7:34 AM

Direct Current? Why direct current eh? eh? eh?
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01/13/2011 8:45 PM

I would like to see how a 600KV DC grid tie inverter is set up!

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01/16/2011 2:38 AM

<...Wyoming is America's least-populated state with a population density that's exceeded only by Alaska. ...>

If Wyoming were America's least populated state, then wouldn't its population density be exceeded by all the others as well as Alaska?

Confused of Dodman's Lane bothy.

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01/16/2011 8:02 AM

I too noticed that, but just couldn't be arsed to expostulate the negafold of the wordimost
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Yeah and what is the opposite of exceeded? inceeded?de-seeded?receded?lessimicated?
I s'pose 'a population density lower than all others excepting Alaska' would have done the trick.
For pities sake don't let ER see this thread, there'll be hell to pay.
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