USFS Releases Records of Decision for the TransWest Express and Energy Gateway South Transmission Projects

Release Date: May 31, 2017   Ogden, UT

Contact(s): Wade Muehlhof


OGDEN, Utah, May 31, 2017 – After almost seven years of interagency and stakeholder collaboration and environmental analysis, the Forest Service is releasing the Final Records of Decision for the multi-state TransWest Express and Energy Gateway South transmission projects.

The TransWest Express (TWE) project will carry enough power for almost two million homes. The project connects renewable power with consumers in the desert southwest via a high voltage, direct current transmission system.  The project, including alternatives, crosses parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.  It encompasses lands owned or managed by the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, various state agencies, Native American Tribes, municipalities, and private interests.

The Energy Gateway South (EGS) project is a critical grid upgrade that will benefit PacifiCorp customers in the Intermountain West. The EGS Transmission Project is a high voltage transmission line extending from south-central Wyoming to central Utah.  It encompasses lands owned or managed by the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, various state agencies, Native American Tribes, municipalities, and private interests.

Both projects would be sited within existing transmission corridors across National Forest System lands.

To read the decision for the TWE project, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42526; for the EGS decision, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42534.

The proponents applied to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service for a right-of-way grant and special-use permit to construct, operate, and maintain high voltage transmission lines on federally managed land.  The Forest Service is a cooperating agency responsible for decisions on affected National Forest Lands.  The BLM signed a Record of Decision on December 13, 2016 for both projects authorizing the agency to issue a 250-foot-wide right-of-way for the line and areas for other project components.