BLM approves construction on APS's Morgan to Sun Valley transmission line

April 26, 2017

Excerpt from a joint APS/BLM news release:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved APS’s request to construct the final section of a 500-kilovolt (kV) line on BLM land that will complete an extra-high voltage transmission loop around the Valley and improve reliability for APS customers.
 
The Morgan to Sun Valley 500-kV transmission line extends 38 miles, starting at the Sun Valley substation near the Sun Valley Parkway north of Tonopah, and ending at the Morgan substation just south of State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant Regional Park. In addition to improving reliability for the fast-growing populace in the area, it also will increase economic development opportunities for the state.
 
“The Metro Phoenix population will be north of six million people by 2030,” said Jacob Tetlow, APS’s Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “A strong and reliable grid sets the stage for Arizona to attract new businesses and provide for continued growth. This is the culmination of years of hard work and partnership with the BLM, and our customers will be better served because of it.”

LINK: Full news release