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Montana-to-Washington Transmission Upgrade Project



The following comments were submitted in response to the open comment period described below.

In 2010, BPA conducted a Network Open Season (NOS) process to help manage its queue of requests for long-term transmission service. During the NOS process, utilities and power generators (including wind generators and power marketers) requested the use of BPA’s transmission system to transmit their power. To determine if BPA could offer the service requested, BPA studied the transmission system and identified where existing capacity was available and where the system needed upgrades. In conducting these studies, BPA took into consideration reliability standards and criteria established by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Utilities are required to meet these standards and criteria when planning new facilities.

The studies found that there was not enough available transmission capacity to accommodate all requests for long-term service from BPA’s Garrison substation in Western Montana to load centers west of the Cascades and to market hubs serving the entire Northwest power market. Wind generation facilities built and proposed in the region have greatly increased the amount of planned generation in Montana seeking load and markets in the Northwest. As a result, BPA is proposing several reinforcements on BPA's transmission system at the Garrison Substation, Hot Springs Substation, Bell Substation, Dworshak Substation, and at the Hatwai Substation vicinity map. Additionally, reconductoring is being proposed on four sections totaling 12 miles on the Dworshak-Taft No. 1 500-kilovolt (kV) line and a new series compensation substation is being proposed along the Garrison-Taft No. 1 & 2 500-kV lines, both of which would allow BPA to accommodate the requests for transmission service in this area. These reinforcements would increase the firm east-to-west transfer capability of the West of Garrison and West of Hatwai paths by primarily increasing the series compensation in existing 500-kV lines in the area.

Please tell us what you think should be studied during the EIS by submitting comments during the scoping comment period that closes on June 18, 2012.  To learn more about the project go to: www.bpa.gov/go/M2W or contact Andrew Montaño, toll free at 800-622-4519; directly at 503-230-4145; or by e-mail ammontano@bpa.gov.

PLEASE NOTE:  This comment period has been extended to July 2, 2012.



For More Information:
http://www.bpa.gov/go/M2W

Comments are numbered consecutively as they are received. Breaks in the number sequence result when comments are deleted because they were submitted in error or have inappropriate content (such as SPAM). If you do not see your comment two business days after you submit it, please contact (800) 622-4519.


Close of comment:  7/2/2012

  • M2W12 0002 -  Ebert/Clearwater County

  • M2W12 0003 -  Marne/Marne and Associates, Inc.

  • M2W12 0004 -  DeVos

  • M2W12 0005 -  Potter

  • M2W12 0007 -  Allen

  • M2W12 0010 -  Bryant

  • M2W12 0011 -  public meeting attendee

  • M2W12 0012 -  Roberts

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  • M2W12 0017 -  Braun

  • M2W12 0018 -  Schneider/Flathead Electric

  • M2W12 0019 -  Slovarp, City Engineer/City of Missoula

  • M2W12 0020 -  Ellis, Sr./Lincoln Electric Cooperative

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  • M2W12 0022 -  Scott

  • M2W12 0023 -  Hunter

  • M2W12 0024 -  Twite/Linda Vista Subdivision and Golf Course

  • M2W12 0025 -  public meeting attendee

  • M2W12 0026 -  public meeting attendee

  • M2W12 0027 -  public meeting attendee

  • M2W12 0028 -  Evans

  • M2W12 0029 -  Public Meeting Attendee

  • M2W12 0030 -  Tierney/Montana Department of Transportation

  • M2W12 0031 -  Kelly/United States Department of the Interior

  • M2W12 0032 -  Public Meeting Attendees

  • M2W12 0033 -  Winegar

  • M2W12 0034 -  Hearst

  • M2W12 0035 -  public meeting attendee

  • M2W12 0036 -  public meeting attendees

  • M2W12 0037 -  Public meeting attendees

  • M2W12 0039 -  Muzzana

  • M2W12 0038 -  Louis

  • M2W12 0040 -  WRIGHT

  • M2W12 0041 -  Wright

  • M2W12 0042 -  Gidel/Upper Linda Vista Homeowners Association

  • M2W12 0043 -  Twite/Twite Family Partnership

  • M2W12 0044 -  Brush/NorthWestern.Energy

  • M2W12 0045 -  Brush/NorthWestern Energy

  • M2W12 0046 -  Smith/Idaho Conservation League

  • M2W12 0047 -  Mbabalyie/United States Environmental Protection Agency

  • M2W12 0048 -  Berry/Sonoran Institute

  • M2W12 0049 -  Wagner/Garlington Lohn Robinson

  • M2W12 0050 -  Allen

  • M2W12 0051 -  Allen

  • M2W12 0052 -  Allen

  • M2W12 0053 -  Mallion

  • M2W12 0054 -  Haun/Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

  • M2W12 0055 -  Doney/Great Falls Development Authority

  • M2W12 0056 -  Kaiserski/MT Department of Commerce, Energy Promotion and Development

  • M2W12 0057 -  Fox/Renewable Northwest Project

  • M2W12 0058 -  Martinez

  • M2W12 0060 -  Corday/City of Missoula, Parks Dept

  • M2W12 0061 -  O'Herron/Missoula City Council

  • M2W12 0062 -  Malek/House District 98 MT State Representative

  • M2W12 0063 -  Hernandez/Western Environmental Law Center

  • M2W12 0064 -  Dorris/Maloney Properties

  • M2W12 0065 -  Haines/Missoula City Council, Ward 5

  • M2W12 0066 -  Larson/Gilbert Larson Engineering and Surveying

  • M2W12 0067 -  Whitman/Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee



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