Burlington-Wray Transmission Line Project
Load growth and new generation resources, including wind power, have put a strain on the existing transmission system of the eastern plains of Colorado.
Tri-State is proposing to build a new 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between existing substations near Burlington and Wray, CO. The project area for the approximately 72-mile-long line includes portions of Yuma and Kit Carson counties.
The proposed line, which completes a 230-kV path, would:
- relieve area transmission constraints
- improve system reliability
- allow full dispatch of existing local generation
- enable more economical and reliable load serving
- support potential renewable energy development in the region
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission issued Tri-State's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) on January 12, 2011 for the Burlington-Wray transmission line. Construction could begin in 2014. The line is expected to be in service sometime between late- 2015 and mid- 2016. Tri-State is seeking financial assistance for the Project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
Tri-State hosted a series of public meetings to solicit public and agency input on the Project. These meetings were held in September 2011, March 2012, and August 2012. Currently, an Environmental Assessment is being prepared for the Project. The map below depicts the Preferred Route for the transmission line alignment. The fact sheets below were available at the public meetings and provide additional information about the Burlington-Wray 230-kV Project.
Tri-State will be applying for the applicable permits from Kit Carson and Yuma Counties, and anticipates completing the county permitting processes by late June 2013.
For more information, please click here to submit a question about the Project.
Below are fact sheets that were made available during the 2012 public meetings.
Route Alternatives (click map for larger version)
Updated February 14, 2013