Major Nevada Clean Power Corridor Begins

Recently, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senator Harry Reid and representatives from LS Power, NV Energy and the Department of Energy celebrated the groundbreaking of a massive new transmission line on public lands–the One Nevada (ON) Transmission Line.

This 500 kilovolt electrical transmission line will cover 235 miles, from Harry Allen Substation north of Las Vegas to the Thirtymile substation near Ely, Nevada. In order to minimize environmental impacts, it will be constructed entirely within the already-established Westwide Energy Corridor. The project, an agreement between NV Energy and Great Basin National Park, was approved earlier this year the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

One Nevada Transmission Line

image via U.S. Department of the Interior

According to Secretary Salazar, the ON Transmission Line is important, in part, because it traverses several areas currently under consideration for wind, solar and geothermal power generation projects, providing critical transmission infrastructure to bring the potential for renewable power to western communities. More information about the ON Transmission Line is available online [PDF].

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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