This new high-voltage line is one of three transmission projects being pursued by Pacificorp to meet growing energy demands and improve reliability. The Gateway South line will begin at the Aeolus substation in southeastern Wyoming, which will also house the company’s Gateway West line, and will travel 400 miles south through Colorado until it terminates near Mona, Utah. When completed, Gateway South is expected to carry approximately 1,500 megawatts of electricity, including power generated from renewable resources in Wyoming.
Audubon was invited to be part of the Community Working Group sponsored by the project’s developers. Public scoping meetings were hosted by the BLM in Spring 2011. Audubon submitted scoping comments. The Bureau of Land Management is currently preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the transmission line, which they are expecting to release for public review in fall of 2013.