Centennial West Clean Line LLC and Western Area Power Administration have entered into an agreement that outlines a working relationship to advance the development of the proposed Centennial West Clean Line Transmission Project.
The proposed project would deliver 3500 MW of renewable power from northeastern New Mexico to communities in California, transported via a 900-mile overhead high-voltage direct current, or HVDC, transmission line. The project will include an intermediate converter station in Mohave County, Arizona, to access the state's solar resource.
Western will serve as a joint lead agency with Bureau of Land Management in conducting the environmental review for the proposed project. Centennial West will fund all costs related to the project, including environmental compliance work and Western's review and due diligence of the proposed project. The agreement covers the development period of the proposed project, during which Western and Clean Line will evaluate the project and determine next steps after completion of the development phase.
In January 2011, Clean Line submitted an application for right-of-way across Federal lands and a preliminary Plan of Development to the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.