Burlington-Wray transmission line project

Burlington-Wray transmission line project

Load growth and new generation resources, including wind power, have put a strain on the existing transmission system of the eastern plains of Colorado.

Tri-State is proposing to build a new 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between existing substations near Burlington and Wray, Colorado. The project area for the approximately 72-mile-long line includes portions of Yuma and Kit Carson counties.

The proposed line, which completes a 230-kV path, would:

  • relieve area transmission constraints
  • improve system reliability
  • allow full dispatch of existing local generation
  • enable more economical and reliable load serving
  • support potential renewable energy development in the region

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission issued Tri-State's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) on January 12, 2011 for the Burlington-Wray transmission line. Construction could begin in 2015. The line is expected to be in service in 2016. Tri-State is seeking financial assistance for the Project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Tri-State hosted a series of public meetings to solicit public and agency input on the Project. These meetings were held in September 2011, March 2012, and August 2012. An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been developed and is currently available for public comment.

The EA can be viewed here or or obtained from: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., 1100 W. 116th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80234, or from the Engineering and Environmental Staff, USDA–RUS, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1571 Room 2244, Washington, D.C. 20250. Questions and comments should be sent to USDA–RUS at the address provided.

Copies of the EA are also available electronically for review atwww.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-EA-Burlington-Wray.html.

Copies of the EA will also be available for public review at the following locations (contact individual repositories for available times):

Wray Public Library 
621 Blake Street
Wray, CO 80758
970-332-4744

Burlington Public Library
321 14th Street
Burlington, CO 80807
719-346-8109

Please submit comments to:

Dennis Rankin
Environmental Protection Specialist
Engineering and Environmental Staff
USDA–RUS
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1571, Room 2244
Washington, D.C. 20250. 

Comments can also be submitted via email to: dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. All comments are due by December 18, 2013.

For project-specific questions, please contact Curtis Miller at 303-254-3280 or email at curtis.miller@tristategt.org.

Tri-State has completed the county permitting processes with Kit Carson and Yuma Counties.

For more information, please click here to submit a question about the Project.

Below are fact sheets that were made available during the 2012 public meetings.

Project overview 

Birds and power lines 

Federal review process 

Engineering and electric transmission 

Route siting, selection and permitting 

Working with landowners  

Route Alternatives (click map for larger version)

Burlington-Wray route map