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Southline Transmission Project

A map of Arizona and New Mexico showing potential line upgrades.The Southline Transmission Project  is a proposed transmission line designed to collect and transmit electricity across southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. The project will consist of two segments: 

  • A new 240-mile, 345-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line between the existing substations at Afton, New Mexico, and Apache, Arizona.
  • Upgrade of about 120 miles of Western's existing transmission lines between the Apache and Saguaro substations in Arizona from a 115-kV line to a 230-kV double-circuit line. This upgrade would provide up to 1,000 megawatts of capacity.

Western has two public involvement efforts underway for this project:

  1. Transmission customer invovlement
  2. Environmental review process

 

Transmission customer involvement

Western is evaluating to what extent it will participate in the ownership of proposed project, and is currently seeking input from transmission customers to define if and how Western participates in this project.

Customer comments: Transmission customers can send questions and comments about Western's proposed involvement in this project to: DSW-southlinecomments@wapa.gov

 

Environmental review process

Western is a joint lead agency with the Bureau of Land Management in preparing the environmental impact statement, or EIS, for the project. Updates for the EIS, include:

All project documents, environmental review comment submission, and the most current updates about the EIS are available through BLM's Southline Transmission Project webpage.

Project-related sites:

For up-to-date information about the project, visit: