Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2013
CONTACT: Jen Neville, 720-962-7050, PublicAffairs@wapa.gov

Western Seeks Input on Updates to Transmission Infrastructure Program

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Western Area Power Administration (Western) is seeking input on proposed updates to the Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP), which has borrowing authority and technical resources to support the development, construction, financing and operation of transmission projects that facilitate the delivery of clean, renewable power.

“TIP is committed to responsibly developing commercial transmission and transmission infrastructure, and as part of this commitment we are enhancing the program by making our application process and procedures stronger and more efficient,” said Western Administrator Mark Gabriel.

The proposed revisions to Western’s TIP were published in a Federal Register notice today, opening a 30-day commenting period that ends Oct. 28. Proposed updates for TIP are intended to create a more efficient and transparent process to screen and evaluate proposed projects, lay out procedural requirements to advance proposals and improve communication with project applicants and partners.

The FRN also reiterates the separation of TIP projects from Western’s power marketing functions so that each project stands on its own for repayment purposes.   

“Next generation electric transmission development can enhance electricity reliability, support the integration of renewable energy and strengthen our critical infrastructure,” said Acting TIP Manager Tracey LeBeau. “Investments in our transmission system can also support the President’s Climate Action Plan, save consumers money on their energy bills, promote renewable energy sources and support job creation, often in rural areas.”

Submit your comments
Email your comments on the proposed revisions to TXRFI@wapa.gov, or mail comments to:
Transmission Infrastructure Program
Western Area Power Administration
P.O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO  80228-8213

All comments must be received by Oct. 28 to be considered. Western will post information about Program developments on its website, including written comments submitted.   

Next steps
After the commenting period closes, Western will consider public feedback and finalize program updates. Western will then solicit statements of interest from interested parties with project proposals.

Read more about the Transmission Infrastructure Program and the proposed implementation measures.

Program history
Since 2009, Western's Transmission Infrastructure Program has helped support three transmission infrastructure projects in the western U.S. Examples include: the Electrical District 5- Palo Verde Hub Project, set to be completed in 2015, will add up to 410 megawatts of capacity between Phoenix and Palo Verde; and the TransWest Express Project, a 725-mile, 3,000 megawatt line to bring wind energy from south central Wyoming to southern Nevada. Find more information about these projects HERE. (pdf)  

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Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power from hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states.  It is part of the Department of Energy.

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