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Nevada Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-NV)

For transmission line projects in Nevada having a capacity of 200 kilovolts (kV) or higher (hereafter “utility facilities”), developers must comply with the Nevada Utility Environmental Protection Act (UEPA). [1] The developer must submit an application to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) for a UEPA permit. The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources must review the application, but the PUC decides whether to approve or deny the permit after the appropriate environmental studies have been conducted and a hearing has taken place. Within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Division of Environmental Protection has jurisdiction over the administration of environmental issues in the state.

Local Process
Local regulatory authorities include counties and local municipalities within the state of Nevada. In Nevada, the state has permitting jurisdiction over transmission line projects with a capacity of 200kV or more. Local government permitting requirements, including environmental review may also apply.

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Permitting at a Glance

Nevada Federal

Environmental Review Process: Utility facilities must go through a Utility Environmental Protection Act review prior to commencing construction.
Environmental Review Process Agency: Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Environmental Review Threshold: All utility facilities are subject to environmental review. A utility facility includes electric transmission lines and substations that are designed to operate at 200 kV or more constructed outside of any incorporated city. NRS 704.860.
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

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List of Reference Sources

  1. N.R.S. 704.820 - Utility Environmental Protection Act (1971). et seq