Friday, March 18, 2011 | 3:14 p.m.
The Bureau of Land Management officially granted permission Friday for NV Energy to build a power transmission line to connect Northern and Southern Nevada.
The One Nevada Transmission Line will run about 236 miles from the Harry Allen substation north of Las Vegas to a new substation to be built near Ely.
The record of decision for the project, known as the ON Line, was signed today by Rosemary Thomas, the BLM’s Ely district manager.
“This power line will be the backbone of the infrastructure necessary to make Nevada a leader in renewable energy generation,” Thomas said in a statement. “We were careful to locate this project where the environmental impacts are minimal, and we have required the applicant to implement a set of best management practices to minimize impacts during construction.”
Construction of the 500-kilovolt project began in October and is expected to be complete 2013.
The federal Energy Department loaned the project $343 million in federal stimulus money in February. The project is expected to cost about $510 million.
The line is jointly owned by Great Basin Transmission South LLC and NV Energy.