GridLiance West is proposing upgrades to existing electric transmission infrastructure to spur economic growth and help California meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. The plan—Silverado Renewables Connection—would allow California to tap into the diverse, low‐cost, renewable energy resources of southwest Nevada.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission and California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in the 2017 Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative 2.0 Report identified southwest Nevada as having the “highest energy resource potential, commercial interest, and advanced planning,” which is necessary for achieving California’s GHG emission reduction goals.
Silverado Renewables Connection also would create nearly 14,500 new jobs from design through construction, provide ongoing work post‐completion and drive approximately $2.5 billion of economic activity during the next five years without federal or state tax funding.
Silverado Renewables Connection would:
- Leverage existing transmission infrastructure in phases 1 and 2.
- Provide a cost-effective solution to increase California’s access to diverse, low-cost, clean renewable energy sources.
- Strengthen California’s ability to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
- Modernize critical infrastructure.
- Improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid.
- Create significant economic benefits for the region and well-paying union jobs.