Tri-State, La Plata Electric and other regional utilities have been making improvements and additions to the electric system over the years to maintain reliability. While improvements to the local system have helped, there is a need to import more power into the region to meet the needs of growing communities. The proposed San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project would involve the construction of a 230-kilovolt transmission line by Tri-State from the Farmington, N.M. area to Ignacio, Colo. This line is needed to provide the power delivery infrastructure for the San Juan Basin that will relieve transmission constraints, serve new loads and offer economic development through renewable energy opportunities.
The project website has been updated to include revised sheet maps, updated route maps, and revised fact sheets. There are also photo simulations available to help visualize what the transmission line would look like. Frequently asked questions regarding the project are also posted.
In addition to the web site updates, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office will host scoping meetings for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed transmission line project March 16-17, 2011.