(The Center Square) – The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved the construction of a proposed 125-mile transmission line stretching from Arizona to southern California that officials say will increase the supply of ‘renewable energy.
The Ten West Link Transmission Line Projectwhich has been under consideration since 2016, will result in a 500-kilovolt line that will connect existing substations near Tonopah, Arizona, and Blythe, California, the federal agency said in a news release.
The Biden administration said Thursday the project will provide “critical transmission infrastructure to support the development of future utility-scale solar energy resources” and increase electrical system reliability for millions of people in Arizona. and in Southern California. The administration also called the project a “significant step” in efforts to reduce energy costs for consumers and meet the goal of enabling 25 gigawatts of solar, wind and geothermal power generation on the land. public by 2025.
“The approval of this new transmission line on our public lands will accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy by unlocking renewable resources, creating jobs, reducing costs and boosting local economies,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. “Through strong engagement with states, cities and tribes, the Department of the Interior is committed to diversifying the nation’s renewable energy portfolio while addressing climate change and investing in communities. »
Most of the project route will span federal lands in Arizona and will carry 3,200 megawatts of electricity to power approximately 960,000 homes, E&E News reported. The route is located primarily along “existing utility corridors or parallel to existing infrastructure,” according to the DOI.
The Bureau of Land Management is currently processing 64 proposed onshore clean energy projects on public lands across the United States, including solar, wind, geothermal and gen-tie projects, according to the DOI.
The BLM estimates that these projects have the “potential to add more than 41,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the western power grid.”