The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority recently contracted with ICF International to develop a recommended minimum separation distance between high-voltage transmission lines in the State. Wyoming needs additional transmission capacity to meet the long term energy demand and to meet the demand for renewable energy, particularly wind power. While Wyoming’s transmission system already supports significant power transfers, according to the study report, the system lacks sufficient spare capacity to support additional large power transfers. ICF developed specific analysis methods to determine the minimum separation distance for weather-related factors.
The final report “Framework for Analyzing Separation Distances between Transmission Lines in Wyoming” has been released and posted on the WIA website: http://wyia.org/