About Us

About Us

DesertLink, LLC (DesertLink) is an electric transmission utility company with a mission to ensure reliable and cost-effective electric transmission for the Western Grid, with a specific focus on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) region.

DesertLink is a subsidiary of LS Power and of LS Power Grid.

For decades, LS Power has been at the leading edge of the electric industry’s evolution, often introducing or commercializing new technologies and developing new markets. Today is no different. LS Power is at the forefront of the greening of the electric grid. Through LS Power’s national fleet of utility-scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired, and battery storage generation projects, our customer-facing distributed energy resources and energy efficiency platforms, and by building the transmission that connects it all, LS Power is not just talking about the decarbonization of the system – LS Power is making it happen.

LS Power Grid, an affiliate of LS Power, focuses on the development, construction, and operation of the company’s transmission portfolio. In every project, LS Power’s development philosophy centers on meeting the needs of customers by providing safe, reliable, competitive energy while protecting the environment and working together with local communities.

Learn more at www.lspower.com and www.lspowergrid.com.

DesertLink is a 500 kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line that traverses approximately 60 miles between a northern terminus at NV Energy’s 500 kV Harry Allen substation and a southern terminus at the 500 kV Eldorado substation, operated by Southern California Edison. The entire project is located in Clark County, Nevada. The majority of the project alignment is on public lands managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – Southern Nevada District Office, and Bureau of Reclamation – Lower Colorado Region.

DesertLink was selected by CAISO through a competitive bidding process pursuant to FERC Order No. 1000 to support the flow of energy into and out of California by expanding the CAISO footprint 60 miles into Nevada to the Harry Allen Substation. The CAISO Selection Report is available by clicking here.

Formerly proposed as the Southern Nevada Intertie Project (SNIP), this is now known as the Harry Allen to Eldorado 500 kV Transmission Project (HAE).

Prior to beginning construction, DesertLink applied for and received numerous federal, state, and local authorizations, permits, and approvals.  Of particular note, DesertLink successfully completed the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 2014.  DesertLink received additional permits/approvals from BLM as well as from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, and various other state and local agencies.