DATC Announces Public Open Houses for Zephyr Power Transmission Project

850-mile transmission line that would deliver wind energy generated in eastern Wyoming to population centers in the southwestern U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Duke-American Transmission Co. is hosting a series of open houses to seek public feedback on its proposed route for the Zephyr Power Transmission Project, an approximately 850-mile transmission line that would deliver wind energy generated in eastern Wyoming to population centers in the southwestern U.S.


As proposed, the Zephyr project will begin at the Pathfinder Wind Energy Development near Chugwater, Wyo., cross portions of Colorado and Utah, and terminate near the Eldorado Valley, just south of Las Vegas. The 500-kilovolt high-voltage direct current transmission line will include converter stations at each end point. The proposed route was developed over the past several years, and included identification and review of more than 200 environmental and land use constraints. Approximately 80 percent of the route follows existing utility or federal corridors, with 20 percent on proposed future utility routes.

"We are hosting open houses in 18 communities along the proposed route to provide potential landowners and interested stakeholders with more information about the project, answer questions and seek feedback," said Chris Jones, Zephyr project director. "We want to initiate this dialogue early in the project's development to solicit input on possible constraints and issues that we should consider prior to the permitting process. We invite everyone who could be impacted by the project to get involved."

The public is invited to attend any of the following open houses from 4 to 7 p.m.:

*Tuesday, April 9, First State Bank Conference Center, Wheatland, Wyo.

*Tuesday, April 9, LSRV Community Center, Baggs, Wyo.

*Wednesday, April 10, Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, Rawlins, Wyo.

*Wednesday, April 10, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, Colo.

*Thursday, April 11, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Laramie, Wyo.

*Thursday, April 11, The Center of Craig, Craig, Colo.

*Tuesday, April 16, Duchesne City Hall, Duchesne, Utah

*Tuesday, April 16, Juab County Courthouse - Cultural Hall, Nephi, Utah

*Wednesday, April 17, Western Park Convention Center, Vernal, Utah

*Wednesday, April 17, Millard School District Office, Delta, Utah

*Thursday, April 18, Heber City Senior Citizens Center, Heber City, Utah

*Thursday, April 18, Fairgrounds - High Chaparral Building, Spanish Fork, Utah

*Tuesday, April 23, Moapa Justice Court, Moapa, Nev.

*Tuesday, April 23, Hilton Garden Inn, St. George, Utah

*Wednesday, April 24, Hampton Inn Henderson, Henderson, Nev.

*Wednesday, April 24, Milford City Office, Milford, Utah

*Thursday, April 25, City Hall, Boulder City, Nev.

*Thursday, April 25, Parowan High School, Parowan, Utah

Following the open houses, the public's feedback will be considered in finalizing the route before DATC initiates right-of-way permitting and regulatory review later this year. If approved, project construction would begin in 2017 with a targeted in-service date of 2020.

More project information, including maps, is available at: www.ZephyrTransmissionProject.com

About DATC – Duke-American Transmission Co. is a joint venture between Duke Energy and American Transmission Co. formed in 2011 to plan and develop strategic transmission projects across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit: www.datcllc.com

Featured Product

Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Soiling of the panel glass is one of the major problems in the rapidly expanding solar energy market, with the attendant loss of efficiency and reduction in performance ratios. Now, there's a new, simple and very cost-effective alternative. Based on Kipp & Zonen's unique Optical Soiling Measurement (OSM) technology, DustIQ can be easily added to new or existing solar arrays and integrated into plant management systems. The unit is mounted to the frame of a PV panel and does not need sunlight to operate. It continuously measures the transmission loss through glass caused by soiling, so that the reduction in light reaching the solar cells can be calculated.