Attention is focusing on our nation's electrical transmission system, especially in the West where until recently there has been very little investment in new transmission infrastructure for nearly 20 years. During that time, population, communities and electricity demand in the region have all grown significantly. The transmission system is reaching capacity in many places and is bottlenecked in others.
PacifiCorp is leading the way to change that. In May 2007, PacifiCorp launched the Energy Gateway Transmission Expansion – an ambitious, multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment plan that will add approximately 2,000 miles of new transmission line across the West. Energy Gateway, and projects planned by other entities, will alleviate constraints and address current and future growth requirements.
The first major segment of Energy Gateway – Populus to Terminal – was placed into service in November 2010. Construction began in May 2011 on the second major segment – Mona to Oquirrh which began serving customers in mid-May 2013. And construction began in May 2013 on the third segment - Sigurd to Red Butte. Outreach, siting and permitting processes continue for several other segments.
PacifiCorp has an obligation to plan for and meet the energy needs of its customers now and in the future. To do so, the company prepares an Integrated Resource Plan that considers population and energy demand growth on its system and identifies resources necessary to meet its obligation. This plan identifies a need for more transmission lines to deliver electricity to our customers – either from new generating plants or through improved access to existing resources in the region. Energy Gateway meets this need by providing access to both conventional and renewable energy sources in areas with diverse resource possibilities. Some of those possibilities are shown in these regional maps of wind (PDF), solar (PDF), biomass (PDF) and geothermal (PDF) potential.
The map below shows the individual segment additions that comprise the Energy Gateway expansion. Depending on regional, third-party and local participation, the final lines may vary somewhat. PacifiCorp is taking every reasonable step to accommodate regional transmission needs and we are committed to building Energy Gateway with our primary responsibility to provide customers with safe, reliable and reasonably priced electrical service.
Read more about this important investment in the Energy Gateway fact sheet (PDF).
Links to Energy Gateway segment information can be found below. We update these pages regularly as new information becomes available.
Energy Gateway Segments
Segment E - Populus to Hemingway
Segment G - Sigurd to Red Butte
(Updated May 9, 2013)