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Western Govs talk energy infrastructure

April 12, 2006 The Cherry Creek News

Major Announcement On "Clean Energy Backbone" Expected By Western Governors At San Diego Summit On Monday

A major announcement on Western clean energy infrastructure project is expected to be unveiled next week by several Western Governors at the New Frontier Power Summit, a summit meeting on electricity transmission that kicks off on Monday April 17th at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort in San Diego.

The announcement will be related to the Frontier Line, a proposed $5-$7 billion high-voltage electric transmission line that would interconnect California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The Governors of those states -- Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Kenny Guinn (R-NV), Jon Huntsman (R-UT) and Dave Freudenthal (D-WY) -- unveiled their vision for the Frontier Line one year ago.

Representatives of the Governors' offices have called the Frontier Line a "critical clean energy backbone for the West" and “the single largest clean energy-enabling infrastructure project ever proposed for our region.”

It is envisioned by the Governors that the project would ultimately allow the delivery of thousands of megawatts of power from renewable energy and clean coal resources from the Intermountain West to fast-growing population centers in Utah, Nevada and California.