By Denver Business Journal

The $3 billion TransWest Express LLC power line project, backed by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, has made President Barack Obamaâ¿¿s list of seven transmission line projects nationwide that he hopes will be accelerated through the federal permitting process.

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a list of seven projects that will be part of a pilot effort to streamline the federal permitting process where the lines cross federal lands, as well as collaboration between federal agencies, state agencies and Native American tribal groups.

The effort is intended to create thousands of construction and operations jobs, modernize the nationâ¿¿s electric grid and give consumers more choices about the fuel used to generate electricity, according to the announcement.

On the list is the 725-mile TransWest project ( website here), which proposes to run a new power line from southern Wyoming, across northwestern Colorado, through Utah and Nevada to a hub of transmission lines near Las Vegas that feed power into California.

The plan calls for the line to be able to carry 3,000 megawatts of electricity, much of it generated by the massive $6 billion Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project that Anschutz has proposed building on his Overland Trail Ranch in Wyoming.

Each project, the wind farm and the transmission line, is expected to require more than 1,000 construction jobs to complete.

The pilot effort is an extension of collaboration between nine federal agencies on power line projects that cross federal lands. The Obama administration recently created the ⿿Rapid Response Team for Transmission⿝ ( announcement here), which includes the nine agencies, to leverage that collaboration work beyond federally owned land, according to the announcement.

Including the TransWest power line project on the list ⿿highlights the TWE project⿿s importance to the overall grid, its economic and environmental benefits, and its ability to create and sustain competitive, cost-effective energy for consumers in California and other states,⿝ said Bill Miller, TransWest⿿s president and CEO, said in a statement. ⿿We look forward to continuing to work closely with the federal agencies under this new streamlined process.⿝

About 60 percent of the power lineâ¿¿s route crosses federal land.

The rapid response team will:

â¿¢ Coordinate permitting, review and consultation schedules between federal and state agencies as appropriate;

â¿¢ Apply a uniform and consistent approach to consultations with tribal governments;

â¿¢ And work to resolve interagency conflicts and keep the agencies on task.

In addition to the TransWest project, hereâ¿¿s how a federal press release described the other six projects in the pilot program:

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