(The Herald Post) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management granted final approval on Tuesday for TransWest Express LLC, a company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz, to commence construction on a colossal $3 billion transmission line. The project aims to harness Wyoming’s wind power and deliver it to energy-demanding California, contributing to the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a fully carbon-free electric grid by 2035.
The 732-mile TransWest Express transmission line, which will stretch across Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, is set to begin construction later this year. The first stage of the project is slated for completion in 2027. Bill Miller, CEO of TransWest Express LLC, expressed gratitude for the collaboration and hard work of federal, state, and local agencies in the approval process.
TransWest Express will connect to the 600-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm in Wyoming, currently under construction and also owned by an Anschutz firm. The transmission line is a crucial component in delivering vast amounts of renewable energy from remote, windy, and sunny regions to densely populated areas.