WAPA seeks comments on changes to Transmission Infrastructure Program
The Western Area Power Administration is seeking comments on proposed updates to its Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP), which has borrowing authority and resources to support the development, construction, financing and operation of transmission projects that facilitate the delivery of renewable power. The proposed revisions are intended to create a more efficient and transparent process to evaluate proposed projects, lay out procedural requirements to advance proposals and improve communication with project applicants and partners, WAPA said.
The request for comments also reiterates the separation of TIP projects from Western’s power marketing functions so that each project stands on its own for repayment purposes.
"TIP is committed to responsibly developing commercial transmission and transmission infrastructure, and as part of this commitment we are enhancing the program by making our application process and procedures stronger and more efficient," said Western Administrator Mark Gabriel.
Comments on the proposed updates are due by Oct. 28 and can be emailed to TXRFI@wapa.gov. After the comment period closes, Western said it will consider public feedback and finalize program updates. Western will then solicit statements of interest from interested parties with project proposals. More information on the Transmission Infrastructure Program is posted on Western’s website.