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Title: Energy Futures Synthesis for West-Wide Section 368 Energy Corridors

Abstract

To comply with Section 368(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service designated 6,000 miles of energy corridors on public and national forest lands in the western United States in 2009. The corridors, commonly referred to as 'West-wide' or 'Section 368' energy corridors, are intended as preferred locations for future siting of electric transmission and distribution lines and for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines. In response to a lawsuit filed by several organizations over the corridor designations, the BLM, Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy entered into a Settlement Agreement, directing the formation of the Section 368 Interagency Workgroup to periodically review the energy corridors on a regional basis. In conducting the reviews, the Workgroup identifies new, relevant, existing, publicly available information to make recommendations for revisions, deletions, and additions to the Section 368 energy corridors. This report synthesizes information in available contemporary transmission, pipeline, and energy future studies to inform the regional reviews by providing a snapshot of what the western energy and transmission system will look like generally 10-15 years in the future. After an overview of the western grid implications, the analysismore » narrows to Region 2 and Region 3 of the BLM Section 368 energy corridors and focuses on the implications of potential developments in the oil, natural gas, and electricity markets in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and portions of Arizona and Nevada that could inform the current regional review. This analysis will help inform the Workgroup on potential development within existing corridors and the need for new corridors that have not yet been designated.« less

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Bureau of Land Management; USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1437345
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5D00-71464
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Section 368; Energy Policy Act of 2005; EPAct; U.S. Bureau of Land Management; BLM; U.S. Forest Service; west-wide; energy corridors

Citation Formats

O'Neill, Barbara L., Gagne, Douglas A., Cook, Jeffrey J., and Greco, Tessa M. Energy Futures Synthesis for West-Wide Section 368 Energy Corridors. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1437345.
O'Neill, Barbara L., Gagne, Douglas A., Cook, Jeffrey J., & Greco, Tessa M. Energy Futures Synthesis for West-Wide Section 368 Energy Corridors. United States. doi:10.2172/1437345.
O'Neill, Barbara L., Gagne, Douglas A., Cook, Jeffrey J., and Greco, Tessa M. Tue . "Energy Futures Synthesis for West-Wide Section 368 Energy Corridors". United States. doi:10.2172/1437345. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1437345.
@article{osti_1437345,
title = {Energy Futures Synthesis for West-Wide Section 368 Energy Corridors},
author = {O'Neill, Barbara L. and Gagne, Douglas A. and Cook, Jeffrey J. and Greco, Tessa M.},
abstractNote = {To comply with Section 368(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service designated 6,000 miles of energy corridors on public and national forest lands in the western United States in 2009. The corridors, commonly referred to as 'West-wide' or 'Section 368' energy corridors, are intended as preferred locations for future siting of electric transmission and distribution lines and for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines. In response to a lawsuit filed by several organizations over the corridor designations, the BLM, Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy entered into a Settlement Agreement, directing the formation of the Section 368 Interagency Workgroup to periodically review the energy corridors on a regional basis. In conducting the reviews, the Workgroup identifies new, relevant, existing, publicly available information to make recommendations for revisions, deletions, and additions to the Section 368 energy corridors. This report synthesizes information in available contemporary transmission, pipeline, and energy future studies to inform the regional reviews by providing a snapshot of what the western energy and transmission system will look like generally 10-15 years in the future. After an overview of the western grid implications, the analysis narrows to Region 2 and Region 3 of the BLM Section 368 energy corridors and focuses on the implications of potential developments in the oil, natural gas, and electricity markets in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and portions of Arizona and Nevada that could inform the current regional review. This analysis will help inform the Workgroup on potential development within existing corridors and the need for new corridors that have not yet been designated.},
doi = {10.2172/1437345},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}

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