Tri-State hosts public meetings for Burlington-Wray Project

Nearly 200 people attended two informational public open house meetings held earlier this week for the proposed Burlington-Wray transmission line project. The meetings took place in the towns of Burlington and Wray in northeastern Colorado.
Tri-State county permitting manager Mike Barningham discusses a proposed route corridor with a public meeting attendee.

The public meetings, which were held for informational purposes and not required, provided an opportunity for attendees to provide comments and ask questions about the proposed Burlington-Wray 230-kilovolt Transmission Project. Detailed maps, including preliminary corridors, were available to attendees.

The project consists of approximately 50-70 miles of transmission line located in Kit Carson and Yuma counties and will connect the existing Burlington and Wray substations. Tri-State is currently evaluating several potential corridor alignments for the new transmission line within the approximately 1,000-square-mile study area.

The existing transmission system in northeastern Colorado is strained as a result of increased electricity demand and new generation resources. Dispatch of local generation is limited due to overloading conditions on the existing 115-kV Burlington-Wray transmission line. This system overload also inhibits accommodation of new power generation sources, such as new wind power projects.

The next steps for the project, from a public outreach standpoint, will be two scoping meetings which Tri-State will host early next year.

Gary Mueller, Tri-State transmission project technical manager, talks with public meeting attendees.

“These scoping meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on further defined corridors,” said Sarah Carlisle, Tri-State public affairs coordinator. “Route refinement meetings will then take place at the end of 2012.”

Line construction is scheduled to begin in 2014. The line is expected to be in service near the end of 2015.

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