Laramie, WY – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12 million to the Western Governor's Association to plan for new electricity transmission lines.
As the West's population grows and electricity demand increases,
companies and government agencies are poised to sink billions of
dollars into power lines that would crisscross the region.
But it's been a challenge to find the best routes and balance
their construction against potential environmental harm.
The $12 million in federal funds announced Friday will be used
to identify areas with potential for large-scale development of
renewable resources. States will also receive money to determine
which transmission routes could interfere with wildlife habitat and
Linda Davis with the Western Governor's Association says the
group hopes to narrow down possible routes by mid-2011.