BLM seeks public input on proposed transmission line in Utah and Nevada to support carbon-free renewable energy

FILLMORE, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on the proposed Cross-Tie 500-kV Transmission Project, in keeping with the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of environmentally responsible siting of infrastructure to support a fully carbon-free electricity sector by 2035. The 214-mile transmission line would connect the Clover Substation in central Utah with the Robinson Summit Substation in east-central Nevada, which would help bring renewable energy online to strengthen and support future energy needs for diverse communities across the West.

“This project proposes to transfer wind energy from Wyoming, along with wind and solar energy from Utah and Nevada, using BLM-managed public lands to deliver clean, renewable energy for Americans,” said BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan. “We are committed to conducting a robust and inclusive public scoping period and encourage the public to get involved in the process. By harnessing input provided by the public, partners, Tribes, and interested groups, we can consider all potential impacts to the land and resources we manage.”

The public is invited to two virtual public meetings on the project. Register ahead of time at https://go.usa.gov/xzvQm. Registrants will receive a link and phone numbers to join the meetings. Please contact us for reasonable accommodations to participate.

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT (1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT)
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MDT (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT)

In-person office hours are also being offered during the scoping period. Contact Project Manager Clara Stevens at 435-743-3119 for specific questions or to schedule an appointment at the following offices:

  • BLM Fillmore Field Office, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 84631
  • Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Ely Ranger District, 825 Avenue E, Ely, NV 89301

The proposed project crosses BLM, private, state, and National Forest System land. The BLM is the lead agency and will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze and disclose impacts associated with the project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a cooperating agency and will also decide whether to issue a special use permit.

The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. To promote our clean energy goals, the BLM provides sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands and new transmission routes to connect into the grid. These efforts to deploy renewable energy from our nation’s public lands support the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’ direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands no later than 2025.

The Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement will be published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2022, which will initiate the 30-day public scoping period. Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 31, 2022. The BLM requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis, and identification of relevant information, studies and analyses. Written comments may be emailed or mailed.

  • email: blm_ut_fm_cross-tie_project@blm.gov  
  • mail: ATTN: Cross-Tie Project, BLM Fillmore Field Office, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 84631
  • telephone: Leave a voicemail comment at 1-888-674-0962

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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