OPPOSITION: Local residents
BACKGROUND: NV Energy proposed to upgrade an existing three-wire, 69-kilovolt transmission line to a 20-wire, 230-kilovolt line to help meet projected energy needs for the Las Vegas Valley. The $27 million project quickly drew opposition from rural Henderson residents in the Tuscany and Section 4 neighborhoods. The residents said that their lifestyle was threatened by the proposed transmission line. One resident said the proposed transmission line would run above his backyard and one of its 116-foot poles would be across the street, interfering with his sweeping view of the Las Vegas Valley.
After several hearings, the Henderson Planning Commission voted in June 2009 unanimously to deny NV Energy’s proposal. The route preferred by the Commission would have added $19.5 million to the total project cost, which NV Energy had rejected.
NV Energy took the matter to state court in August 2009. The Clark County District Court upheld the Henderson Planning Commission’s rejection of the project in May 2010.
SOURCES: Las Vegas Sun: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/may/27/judge-upholds-hendersons-vote-against-nv-energy-pr/;
Last Updated: December 9, 2010