PHOENIX —The Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) has approved APS’s request to construct the final section of a
500-kilovolt (kV) line on BLM land that will complete an extra-high voltage
transmission loop around the Valley and improve reliability for APS customers.
Morgan to Sun Valley 500-kV transmission line extends 38 miles, starting at the
Sun Valley substation near the Sun Valley Parkway north of Tonopah, and ending
at the Morgan substation just south of State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant
Regional Park. In addition to improving reliability for the fast-growing
populace in the area, it also will increase economic development opportunities
for the state.
Metro Phoenix population will be north of six million people by 2030,” said
Jacob Tetlow, APS’s Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations.
“A strong and reliable grid sets the stage for Arizona to attract new
businesses and provide for continued growth. This is the culmination of years
of hard work and partnership with the BLM, and our customers will be better
served because of it. ”
route for this line was selected after a seven-year public siting process that
evaluated land availability and environmental, engineering, regulatory and cost
impacts. Public outreach was an important part of the process, including
informational open houses. These events provided opportunities for the public
to ask questions and provide comments. In addition, APS worked with affected
jurisdictions, communities and agencies, as well as business and civic leaders
before the final route was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in
route includes about seven miles of BLM-managed lands along State Route 74, and
about two miles of BLM-managed lands near the Sun Valley Substation.
Private and Arizona State Trust lands make up the remainder of the proposed
project is the result of almost four years’ worth of work and only possible
through a great, working partnership with APS. BLM Arizona will continue
to work with companies looking to expand Arizona's energy capabilities to
better serve the needs of the public," said Raymond Suazo, BLM’s Arizona
BLM completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in July 2013 and
issued a decision approving the project in January 2014. Since then, APS and
the BLM have worked to reduce visual impacts, ensure protection of wildlife
habitat and salvage vegetation. BLM gave approval for constructing the final
segment of the line in March.
project is expected to be under construction until spring 2018 and to be in
service in time to increase summer reliability for customers that same
manages more than 245
million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known
as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western
states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage
and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.
serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the
Southwest’s foremost producer of clean safe and reliable electricity. Using a
balanced energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the
country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates
the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and
largest producer of carbon-free energy. The company is also a proven leader in
introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control
over their energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the
principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).