Two 345 kilovolt lines outside of Flagstaff, AZ in WAPA’s Desert Southwest Region

DOE seeks public input on preliminary transmission corridors

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office (GDO) recently announced preliminary locations for new National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs), eligibility requirements for transmission project funding and the opening of a public comment period. GDO will host a webinar on May 16 to provide more information.

As described by DOE, NIETCs will be federally designated geographic areas, identified through a stakeholder input process initiated in 2023, where electricity limitations, congestion or capacity constraints are adversely affecting electricity consumers and communities. Six of the ten preliminary NIETCs would pass within WAPA’s footprint, potentially spurring urgent transmission investments – federal dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act – needed in these geographic areas to improve reliability and resilience and reduce consumer costs.

The 45-day public comment period presents an opportunity for customers, Tribes and other stakeholders to provide feedback, which will be essential to informing DOE’s NIETC process. Customer and stakeholder engagement is one way that DOE will seek to streamline environmental reviews, drive concrete and timely action, and spur additional transmission development to solve transmission limitations that adversely impact consumers.

Learn more about the preliminary NIETCs and how to get involved in this exciting opportunity.

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Last modified on May 14th, 2024