Secretary Salazar, Senator Harry Reid to Celebrate Groundbreaking of Major Nevada Transmission Line

Southwest Intertie Project to Create Jobs, Spur Renewable Energy Growth

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Las Vegas, Nev. -- On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senator Harry Reid will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP), a major transmission line whose construction will create jobs, spur growth in the renewable energy sector, and improve transmission capacity for Western communities. The Secretary will be joined by the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) for LS Power and NV Energy, along with Jonathan Silver of the Department of Energy.

The first phase of SWIP connecting Southern Nevada with Northern Nevada (to be known as ON Line) is expected to begin construction in 2010 and achieve commercial operation in 2012. The complete SWIP is a proposed, above-ground 515-mile, 500 kilovolt (“kV”), transmission line stretching from Idaho to Southern Nevada that will provide up to 2,000 megawatts (“MW”) of transmission capacity for Nevada and the Western Electric Grid.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

U.S. Senator Harry Reid

Mike Segal, Chairman and CEO, LS Power

Michael W. Yackira, President and CEO, NV Energy

Jonathan Silver, Executive Director of the Department of Energy Loan Programs Office
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Tuesday, October 19, 2010: 10:00 a.m. (PST)
Harry Allen Substation, 20 miles north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15, exit U.S. Highway 93 North/Great Basin Highway (exit #64).

*Note: To get to Harry Allen, take I-15 North; Exit Apex Highway 93 (Great Basin Highway Exit); Go west under freeway; take an immediate right onto frontage road, go north two miles, left at Harry Allen sign and proceed on the road at 20 mph (protected tortoise road) about two miles and follow that to the plant. Drive time from Las Vegas is approximately one hour.

Media All local, regional and national credentialed news organizations are invited to participate in the ceremony.