On April 4, 2017, PacifiCorp issued its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan announcing plans to construct a portion of Segment D - Windstar to Populus. Independent of Idaho Power, PacifiCorp initiated state and local permitting and rights-of-way acquisition for 140 miles of 500 kV transmission line between the planned Aeolus substation near Medicine Bow, Wyoming and the Jim Bridger power plant near Point of Rocks, Wyoming.
Construction of Subsegment D.2 is part of PacifiCorp’s Energy Vision 2020 project. Energy Vision 2020 is a $3.1 billion investment, which includes adding 1,150 megawatts of new wind by 2020, primarily in Wyoming; “repowering” the existing company-owned Wyoming wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology to increase energy production and extend the life of the projects; and construction of a new 140-mile Gateway West transmission segment by 2020. The availability of federal tax credits will help cover the costs of these investments and provide a net savings to customers over the life of the projects. You can find more information at energyvision2020.com.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gateway West project. The BLM released its final EIS on April 26, 2013, followed by the Record of Decision on November 14, 2013, providing a rights-of-way grant for all segments in Wyoming and partial in Idaho.
Public input is an important part of the transmission line development process and is welcomed at all stages. In addition to public, group and individual meetings, project materials and newsletters also have been sent to more than 11,000 landowners and other interested parties throughout this process and will continue through the end of the project with continued web page and newsletter updates.
A comprehensive list of meetings, publications and other public outreach, can be found on our Gateway West website.
To contact Rocky Mountain Power about this transmission project, please call the major construction projects message line at 801-220-4221, or email ConstructionProjects@pacificorp.com. Please be sure to include the project name – "Gateway West – Aeolus to Bridger/Anticline project" – in your inquiry.
Additional information and public outreach may be found on the Energy Vision 2020 website, energyvision2020.com.
Updated maps can be viewed below:
Further information also can be found at our Gateway West website.
(Updated July 2019)