NEW!                    The New Frontiers Power Summit                    NEW!

April 17-19, 2006      San Diego, California

Meet with top industry, political, and policy leaders on the challenges and opportunities facing Western transmission.

Speakers are scheduled to include California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (awaiting confirmation), Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn (awaiting confirmation), and other leaders from the private and public sectors. 

Click for Registration and other information on the Summit

   New Frontiers Power Summit


To learn more about RMATS and the RMATS process, click the topics below:

Project Updates     RMATS Steering Committee   Selected Working Documents   Project Costs and Finance    RMATS Charter  

RMATS Stakeholder Meetings   White Paper on Planning Process   Contact Information   RMATS Report Development

WY Executive Order implementing the WGA Siting Protocol   WGA Siting and Permitting Protocol   Western Governor's Association


Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  State of Utah

Governor Dave Freudenthal
    State of Wyoming 



The problem RMATS seeks to address is the constraints on electric transmission in the Rocky Mountain region and the resulting underutilization of the region's vast wind, natural gas and coal resources.  Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and other similar regional entities have been slow to form and begin effective operation.  The Rocky Mountain area needed a collaborative planning effort to consider transmission expansion needs from a holistic perspective. This is RMATS.    

The Governors created RMATS:
 The Governors of Utah and Wyoming  co-sponsored RMATS as a regional transmission planning initiative to identify the most cost effective transmission given the location of potential new generation in the Rocky Mountain area.  Their initiative brings into sharp focus the important role new transmission will play in providing access to the region’s most economical energy resources while ensuring delivery of reliable and affordable supplies of electricity to the fast growing economies of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming and to other parts of the Western Interconnection.  The Governors agreed that the public-private collaboration they sponsored in  RMATS is a necessary step in turning transmission planning into “towers and wires”.


The goal of RMATS is to identify the most critical electric transmission and generation project needs in the Rocky Mountain sub-region, and, with broad stakeholder involvement, to provide a framework for regional collaboration to improve the Western Interconnection with needed technically, financially and environmentally viable projects and to help facilitate effective developmental consideration.

The keys to success.
  RMATS is an open and public process with stakeholders representing the Western Interconnection electric utilities, independent power producers, rural electric generation and transmission cooperatives, municipalities, federal power, transmission and marketing agencies, project developers, entrepreneurs, power brokers, state and federal regulators, state energy offices, large and small consumer groups, consumers themselves and others interested in regional electric generation and transmission planning.  The data and processes of the RMATS Phase I Report were verifiable and open to all.
RMATS Phase 2 and beyond.
  RMATS produced its RMATS Phase 1 Report, and you are invited to read and download it through the link below.  The next Phases of RMATS are addressing project implementation, cost recovery and related issues.  Find more information about them below.



Read or print the RMATS Phase 1 Report
including all study results, recommendations, next steps and appendices, on line.

RMATS Phase I Report

Projects are Developing:
Find more information on RMATS-related projects on the "Project Updates" page.

Project Updates


 Financing developing projects:
Find more information on the
Wyoming Infrastructure Authority

Infrastructure Authority

Utility Corridors on Federal Land:
The United States Department of Energy is working to establish utility corridors on federal land under Section 368  the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Find out more:

Sec. 368 Corridor PEIS

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This site last updated:  February 28, 2006