As part of the Department of the Interior’s ongoing commitment to the development of renewable energy resources on public lands, Secretary Ken Salazar, along with Senator Harry Reid, celebrated the groundbreaking of the One Nevada Transmission Line (ON Line), a 235-mile transmission line in Nevada.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appeared with embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today for the groundbreaking of a major power transmission project.
The Southwest Intertie Project will “create jobs, spur growth in the renewable energy sector and improve transmission capacity for Western communities,” according to Interior, which played a major role in the project’s approval because it traverses public lands.
Reid has sought to emphasize his work to draw federally supported or financed energy projects to Nevada. The event comes as Reid is in a neck-and-neck race with Sharron Angle, the Tea Party-backed GOP Senate candidate.
Salazar and Reid will appear alongside top executives with the companies LS Power and NV Energy for the launch of construction on the line, which, according to Interior, is slated to begin commercial operation in 2012.
According to Interior, “The complete SWIP is a proposed, above-ground 515-mile, 500 kilovolt (‘kV’), transmission line stretching from Idaho to Southern Nevada that will provide up to 2,000 megawatts (‘MW’) of transmission capacity for Nevada and the Western Electric Grid.”
Read the press release, and see a full size map of the transmission line by clicking this link: