Project Timeline

We anticipate the following timeline of project activities.

2009-2010

Project concept development
  • Worked with regional planning groups to analyze transmission needs
  • Preliminary line design informed by regional plans
  • Preliminary routing possibilities scoped using existing linear infrastructure as a requirement
  • Proof of concept technical studies

2011

Early public meetings to share information and receive input on routing options
  • Public engagement to inform route development
  • Early meetings with residents, local governments, NGOs, agencies, transmission providers and other stakeholders to share information and receive input on potential routing alternatives

Initiation of Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Path Rating Process

2012

Initiation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) initiate the NEPA process
  • Public scoping meetings for NEPA
  • Scoping report released
  • Ongoing permitting with federal/state/local governments/agencies

Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • Initial research for cultural, biological, visual, and other resource studies
  • Ongoing public outreach and involvement

2013–2014

Permitting decisions and documents
  • BLM and WAPA release Alternatives Development Summary Report
  • BLM and WAPA prepare Administrative Draft of Environmental Impact Statement
  • BLM and WAPA release Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and conduct public comment period

2015-2017

  • WECC Approved Phase 3 Path Rating
  • BLM and WAPA released Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Records of Decision (RODs)
  • State and local governments and agencies issue permits, as required
  • Right-of-way acquisition begins

2018

  • Construction

2018-2020

  • Transmission operations phased into service