Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) has executed master agreements with Quanta Services Inc., MYR Group Inc. and TIC Holdings Inc. for transmission and infrastructure services associated with the competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) projects assigned to ETT by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).
These master agreements ensure that Quanta Services, MYR and TIC will have the resources available to construct a total of 450 miles of transmission lines and facilities, according to ETT.
Under the CREZ program, eight transmission service providers have been authorized to construct 46 new electric transmission lines to deliver wind energy from rural areas to urban centers in Texas.
ETT, a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., will construct nearly $1.4 billion in CREZ projects by 2013.
Over the last several months, the PUCT has approved the required certificates of convenience and necessity for ETT's CREZ projects. Acquisition of rights of way from property owners will be completed over the next 18 months.
The three construction firms will work under the direction of ETT and URS Corp. ETT contracted with URS in 2010 to serve as overall program manager for ETT's CREZ projects.