But the prospects for the Ely, Nev. plant remain uncertain because of environmental issues.
The Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental study for the coal-fired, 1,590-megawatt White Pine Energy Station.
The BLM is expected to grant LS Power of East Brunswick, N.J., right of way for the power project after 30 days.
Environmental groups oppose the project because coal-fired power plants throw off large quantities of carbon dioxide, which scientists say leads to global warming.
LS Power argues that the plant would provide a low-cost source of electricity.
LS Power has yet to secure a final air permit from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection