Segment D - Windstar to Populus
Providing safe, reliable electrical service at reasonable rates is our company’s commitment to our customers.
PacifiCorp has partnered with Idaho Power on the Gateway West high-voltage transmission line. The Windstar to Populus segment is part of the Gateway West project. This segment will stretch more than 400 miles starting near Glenrock, Wyoming, proceeding south to Medicine Bow and then spanning across southern Wyoming to the Populus substation near Downey, Idaho. The Windstar to Populus segment will include five expanded or new substations and will enable access to existing and new generating resources, including wind, and deliver electricity from these sources to our customers throughout the region.
- Public Scoping – June 2008
- Environmental Impact Statement process – 2007 - 2013
- Public outreach – June 2008 - project completion
- Permitting and obtaining rights of way – 2011 - 2016
Estimated line in service for customers – 2019 - 2021
Additional Information About the Project
The Bureau of Land Management completed the Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway West project – a process that began in June 2008 with Public Scoping meetings. The BLM issued a final EIS April 26, 2013 followed by the Record of Decision on November 12, 2013, providing a right-of-way grant for most of the project. The agency chose to defer its decision on the western most segment in Idaho due to issues associated with the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area. Please check this website periodically for updates, including the Gateway West project overview map (PDF), Gateway West fact sheet (PDF) and Gateway West newsletter (PDF). Further information also can be found at our Gateway West website.
On April 26, 2013, the BLM issued a final EIS for the Gateway West project, initiating a 60-day public comment period that closed June 28, 2013. More information, including details on public meetings scheduled from May 6-16, 2013, can be found on the BLM's website.
Public input is an important part of the transmission line development process. Public meetings have been held at various stages throughout the development of the environmental review process and will continue through the permitting process. The Companies continue to meet with elected officials, community leaders, and stake holders to resolve the remaining issues.
For a comprehensive list of meetings, publications and other public outreach, please see the updated meeting list (PDF).
To be placed on the mailing list or to submit an official public comment on the Gateway West Transmission Line Project, please contact the BLM directly at:
Bureau of Land Management
Gateway West Project
P. O. Box 20879
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Or e-mail Gateway_West_WYMail@blm.gov
To contact Rocky Mountain Power about this transmission project, please call 801-220-4221 or e-mail ConstructionProjects@pacificorp.com. Please be sure to include the project name – "Windstar to Populus" – in your inquiry.
(Updated November 19, 2013)