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Gila Bend Transmission Initiative (GBTI)


 

 

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Gila Bend Transmission Initiative (GBTI)


The Gila Bend Transmission Initiative (GBTI) is a regional effort, focused on vastly expanding utility scale solar in the Gila Bend region building the solar corridor, creating an export industry for Arizona, and bringing more jobs to the region. In Gila Bend, we can site, permit, and build utility scale solar faster than anywhere in the nation.

To realize the potential of utility scale solar in the Gila Bend Solar Corridor, transmission lines will need to be built to California and and even potentially Mexico. Such infrastructure improvements support not only the creation of an export industry to California, but they also drastically improve reliability and redundancy to the grid for both renewables and non-renewables. Moreover, we believe such an initiative will ultimately result in significantly lower rates to California residents and businesses. In this context, we believe the entire southwest region will benefit economically, socially, and environmentally.

On February 7, 2012, the Town of Gila Bend hosted a GBTI forum at ASU's Sky Song Facility. Our goal has been, and continues to be, the collaboration of key stakeholders that focus on solutions. Below are the presentations from that forum:

GILA BEND TRANSMISSION INITIATIVE

Policy Perspectives, Projects, and Transmission Ideas

Rick Buss,
Gila Bend Town Manager
Eric Fitzer,
Gila Bend Planning and Economic Development Director

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
 
Policies and Perspective of Transmission Line Planning and Deployment

Jennifer DeCesaro,
Special Advisor for Renewable Energy and Transmission, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Secretary

PALO VERDE – DEVERS II

History and Potential

Kris Mayes,
Faculty Director, Program on Law & Sustainability, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, and former Chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission

ENTEGRA/WAYZATA GILA RIVER POWER PLANT

Balanced Energy Policy Perspective, Technology, Capacity, Dispatchable Power, Cold Start Technology, Vision

Becky Turner
Entegra Energy Partners

Mark Thompson
Wayzata

 

Town of Gila Bend - 644 West Pima Street - P.O. Box A - Gila Bend, AZ 85337

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