GMUG Seeks Comments on SMPA Red Mountain Transmission Line Rebuild

Contact(s): Kim Phillips, Dylan Peter

Delta, Colorado, April 6, 2020 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests and the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) are seeking public comment regarding a proposal by San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) to reconstruct an existing 16.2 mile transmission line system known as the Red Mountain 44 kilovolt (kV) line. This includes approximately 12 miles of transmission line located on federally managed lands, primarily adjacent to U.S. Highway 550 in Ouray and San Juan Counties.

If approved, the project would provide increased service, reliability, and a backup power source for the communities of Ouray and Ridgway along with the surrounding rural areas. In addition, a fiber optical ground wire would be added to the new line and would have spare fibers which could be used for commercial purposes such as expanding broadband service.

Additional information on the proposed action, including the project map, can be found at The 30-day comment period begins on April 6, 2020. Your input will be most helpful if received by May 6, 2020, and can be submitted via:

  • Mail to Ouray District, Attn: SMPA Red Mountain Rebuild, 2505 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401
  • Email to
  • Fax to (970) 240-5367, Attn: SMPA Red Mountain Rebuild