Ten West Link transmission line is a proposed new 500 kV transmission connection between electrical substations in Tonopah, Arizona and Blythe, California. The Project will create beneficial new transmission infrastructure that will improve transmission system efficiency and reliability, while facilitating development of new renewable energy and energy storage resources in Arizona and California. This will help both states achieve their renewable energy standards and carbon reduction goals. Ten West Link will also bring significant economic, reliability and public policy benefits to the electric power grid serving the Desert Southwest – one of America’s fastest growing regions. The Project is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement report was issued by U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on September 13, 2019. The BLM Preferred Alternative for the Project spans 125 miles, and uses Department of Energy’s Energy Corridor, BLM-designated utility corridors, and avoids the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and all major population centers.
The Project would increase the capability of the system to deliver energy, thereby increasing the efficiency of the transmission network. By allowing a cost-effective transfer of energy in the southwestern United States, the increase in supply enhances competition among energy suppliers, which reduces energy costs to customers.
Ten West Link would expand regional access to low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation sources, enabling load serving entities to use a more diverse, cost-effective set of energy resources to serve electrical demand.
Ten West Link will create new transmission infrastructure needed to interconnect future renewable energy resources in both Arizona and California to the bulk transmission grid.
This interstate transmission line will facilitate efficient and increased sharing of generation resources between the two states thereby enhancing operational flexibility. This will enable both Arizona and California to effectively integrate renewable resources, share reliability services and increase supply diversity under normal and emergency conditions.
By strengthening the bulk transmission network between Arizona and California, Ten West Link would create a diverse transmission network serving the two states. This would afford the transmission system operators in the two states the operational flexibility to redirect the power flows under normal and emergency conditions, to improve system reliability, and to defer transmission upgrades.
Ten West Link will strengthen the regional transmission system in Arizona and California by adding additional capacity and alleviating grid congestion. A larger, more robust transmission grid will improve energy reliability for the region’s consumers.
Ten West Link will provide regional economic benefits by adding new jobs, indirect economic benefits such as secondary spending by those employed by the project, and property tax revenues.
Ten West Link will use already developed transmission or utility corridors wherever possible, thereby minimizing visual, environmental, cultural, and other impacts, while maximizing the use of existing access roads and infrastructure.
DCR Transmission, LLC is a joint venture led by affiliates of Starwood Energy Group.
About Starwood Energy Group
Starwood Energy Group is a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT that specializes in energy infrastructure investments. Through its general opportunity funds, and other affiliated investment vehicles, Starwood Energy Group manages total equity commitments of more than $2 billion. The Starwood Energy Group team brings extensive development, construction, operations, acquisition and financing expertise to its investments, with a focus on the natural gas and renewable power generation, and transmission sectors. Starwood Energy Group has executed transactions totaling more than $4 billion in enterprise value. Starwood Energy Group is an affiliate of Starwood Capital.
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