Nevada Starts to Plug Into Green Energy

From Review Journal

By Stan Hanel

Infrastructure projects completed by NV Energy and its partners during the past two months are transforming Nevada’s economy and opening new avenues for electric-drive transportation.

In January, NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission South officially dedicated a 231-mile One Nevada Transmission Line, known as ON Line, marking the completion of a three-year project that electrically connects NV Energy’s northern and southern service areas for the first time.

ON Line enables development of renewable energy in remote parts of Nevada. The bulk transmission line is energized to 500,000 volts and has an initial capacity of up to 800 megawatts.

ON Line runs from the Harry Allen Generating Station, north of Las Vegas, to the Robinson Summit Substation, west of Ely.

Eleven renewable energy projects are being served by the new line, which enhances the overall energy-sharing efficiencies of NV Energy’s 10 generating stations throughout Nevada.

“Construction of this transmission line created hundreds of jobs for Nevadans, thanks to the public-private partnership that was made possible by the Recovery Act.” Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. “This vital project will deliver hundreds of megawatts of clean renewable energy to the grid. Completion of the ON Line transmission project is an important step toward unlocking Nevada’s vast clean energy potential and strengthening our state’s electric grid for the future.”

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