What criteria is used to identify and evaluate potential line routes?


Line routes are developed by defining technically, economically and environmentally feasible segments with minimal adverse social and environmental impacts based upon:
  • Maximizing the distance of the line to residences, businesses, public facilities, parks, cemeteries and communication towers
  • Avoiding interference with center pivot irrigation systems
  • Paralleling existing utilities, roads or railroads when practical, accounting for existing rights-of-way
  • Avoiding wetlands, riparian areas, conservation lands and protected species and their habitats for both transmission line corridor and access for construction and maintenance
  • Avoiding placing the line directly over tanks and oil, gas or water wells
  • Maintaining a reasonable length with as few angles as possible to minimize costs
  • Avoiding proximity to existing or permitted wind turbine installations
  • Avoiding conflicts with airports and related airport infrastructure