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Transmission Infrastructure Program

Estes-Flatiron Transmission Line Rebuild Project

Western Area Power Administration proposes to rebuild approximately 32 miles of double wood-pole structure 115-kilovolt transmission line that exists between Estes Park and Flatiron Reservoir in Larimer County, Colo. The proposal would remove 16 miles of transmission line, and modernize 16 miles to steel-pole double-circuit 115-kV transmission line. The reduction and modernizing of transmission lines will occur on Federal, state and private lands. The public parcels are administered by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, which is a cooperating agency in the project.

The proposed project would:

  • Rebuild aging and deteriorating transmission lines
  • Reduce the number of linear miles of transmission corridors and the associated environmental footprint
  • Ensure that the transmission lines comply with applicable codes and requirements
  • Reduce potential for disruption of customer service due to wildfire hazards
  • Improve access for maintenance and emergencies

Drop-in Learning Sessions, Sept. 23 and 24, 2014 
In preparation for the upcoming release of the Estes-Flatiron Transmission Line Rebuild Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the public is invited to a drop-in learning session that will provide:

  • an overview of the alternatives development process
  • how scoping comments were addressed
  • the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) commenting process

This informal opportunity will describe the steps and goals of the Draft EIS comment period, including how to comment on the document. Western representatives will be available to familiarize participants with the outline of the document and discuss questions individually about the NEPA process.

Drop by any time!

Date Available time  Place
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 Noon-7 p.m. Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park CO
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 Noon-7 p.m. Bison Visitor Center, 1800 S. County Road 31, Loveland CO

Western, in cooperation from the U.S. Forest Service, will announce the dates and times of the NEPA open houses and public hearings after the Draft EIS is released.

Project updates
Newsletter 3 (pdf), August 2013
Scoping reports available, press release Dec. 10, 2012
Citizens share ideas at workshops, blog post Oct. 10, 2012
Newsletter 2 (pdf), Sept. 13, 2012
Estes-Flatiron project scoping extended to Oct. 19, press release Sept. 13, 2012
Newsletter 1 (pdf), July 2012
Western extends scoping periond to Aug. 31, press release June 27, 2012
Notice of Intent to Conduct an EIS, April 17, 2012
Environmental Impact Statement process announced,  press release March 29, 2012

Project documents

Draft EIS and appendices
Download the Estes-to-Flatiron Transmission Line Rebuild Project Draft EIS (44 MB pdf), Sept. 17, 2014
Or download smaller sections of the Draft EIS:

Scoping materials and reports
Fact sheet (pdf), December 2012
EA scoping report (5.3 MB pdf), Dec. 10, 2012
EIS scoping report (2 MB pdf), Dec. 10, 2012
Designated Utility Corridor, April 23, 2012
Project map
Tech Spotlight: Paper about Underground transmission lines from Wisconsin Public Service Commission (pdf), May 2011

Mark Wieringa
Natural Resources
Western Area Power Administration
12155 W Alameda Pkwy
PO Box 281213
Lakewood, CO 80228