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Nevada Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (NV)

The steps of the Nevada bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.

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Bulk Transmission Development in Nevada

The electrical grid in Nevada is part of the Western Interconnection power grid and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting Bulk Electric System reliability in the Western Interconnection, including in Nevada. WECC also provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members as set forth in the WECC Bylaws.

Nevada is included in the WestConnect Transmission Planning area, which covers the desert southwest. In 2007, WestConnect established a subregional planning process and subregional transmission planning is being performed by various groups. In the northern portion of Nevada, subregional transmission planning is performed by the Sierra Subregional Planning Group (SSPG) and by the Southwest Transmission Planning Group (SWAT) in the southern portion.

SSPG is a collaborative study group that has been created to provide an open and collaborative forum where interested parties are encouraged to participate in the planning, coordination and implementation of a robust transmission system in northern California and northern Nevada.

SWAT is comprised of transmission regulators, government and environmental entities, and transmission users, owners and operators. The goal of SWAT is to promote regional planning in the Desert Southwest.

The following companies/organizations own transmission facilities in the State of Nevada: NV Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, and Valley Electric Association, Colorado River Commission, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Public Power Authority, Intermountain Power Agency and Western Area Power Administration.

Nevada State Office of Energy

The Nevada Governor's Office of Energy (NSOE) resides in the Office of the Governor, and sustains Nevada’s energy economy, promotes energy efficiency and conservation, research and development of renewable energy sources, and protects the environment.[1]

The Office of Energy is working to improve legislation and initiatives related to energy efficiency including transmission development within the state. Although representatives of the Office of Energy do not have a direct role in the siting process, they are involved in advisory and task force groups that focus (all or in part) on the development of transmission lines within the state.

The New Energy Industry Task Force is tasked with identifying appropriate transmission corridors in the state of Nevada per Executive Order 2011-18. The Status of Energy Report addresses transmission issues as it relates to new energy production.

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