The Nevada Energy Assistance Corporation, a Nevada 501 (c)(3) nonprofit (“NEAC”), just finalized a report identifying several transmission corridors that could carry our state’s renewable energy to load centers around the West. The study was funded in early 2011 through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was awarded to NEAC through the Nevada State Office of Energy to review the engineering feasibility of the development of transmission lines for the exportation of renewable energy.
“This report provides valuable information for the New Energy Industry Task Force, and I am pleased to see the continued collaboration between the State and the many stakeholders who are genuinely concerned about the economic and environmental well-being of Nevada,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “One of the key outcomes I hope to see from the Task Force is to identify the economic impacts that the burgeoning renewable energy industry can have on our state’s revenue model.”
Developed by a team of Nevada businesses – TriSage Engineers, Energy Source LLC and US Geomatics – NEAC’s report includes an in-depth and comprehensive study of the current transmission system and the existing capacity limitations. The report also proposes three transmission corridors which have been determined to have the highest likelihood of success in the affected states.
“This year long effort represents a significant investment in the long term planning for the future of our states transmission network,” said board member Senator Steven Horsford. “The engineering team worked closely with our board to meet the goal of NEAC, which is to connect the state’s renewable energy generating sites to the regional power grid and the board is happy to endorse this study.”
NEAC was formed following the 2009 recommendations of the Governor’s Renewable Energy Transmission Access Advisory Committee (RETAAC) Phase I and II as necessary to support the economic stability of the State and the financial well-being of its residents and resident businesses while promoting energy independence of the State. The board of directors of NEAC includes businessman and Chairman Monte Miller, Stacey Crowley, Kathleen Drakulich, Terry Johnson, county representative Norm Frey, city representative Steve King, State Senator Steven Horsford and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick.