The biggest transmission projects in North America are in the West and each one faces unique permitting, rights-of-way, engineering and construction challenges. Project leaders for some of the largest projects in the West will discuss the biggest hurdles to getting The West is too vast and diverse to be a single region under FERC's Order No. 1000. Complying with that rule only begins the evolution of Western transmission planning processes. But the West has unique challenges to overcome in optimizing its high-voltage infrastructure.