Utah Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (UT)
The steps of the Utah 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 Utah
The electrical grid in Utah is part of the Western Interconnection power grid and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). WECC includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between. The WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting Bulk Electric System reliability in the Western Interconnection, including in Utah. In addition, WECC provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members as set forth in the WECC Bylaws.
In addition, some transmission owners in Utah are part of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG). The NTTG is a group of transmission providers and customers that are actively involved in the sale and purchase of transmission capacity of the power grid that delivers electricity to customers in the Northwest and Mountain States. Transmission owners serving this territory work in conjunction with state governments, customers, and other stakeholders to improve the operations of and chart the future for the grid that links all of these service territories.
In Utah, there are investor-owned, independent, and municipal transmission providers, including:
- Intermountain Power Agency that serves several municipalities and cooperatives across Utah;
- Western Area Power Administration that serves municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, and irrigation districts across Utah; and
- Rocky Mountain Power that serves several municipalities across Utah.
Utah Energy Policy
The governor of Utah developed a program for energy planning and the Utah Energy Initiative 10-year strategic energy plan. The energy plan provides recommendations to support transmission development.