LCRA TSC To Host Transmission Project Open Houses


LCRA Transmission Services Corp. (LCRA TSC) will host open houses in May to discuss a new transmission line project expected to be built in Texas. The open houses are designed to inform citizens about the project and to gather public input concerning line routing.

The open houses, which will be held on May 4, 5, 7, 11 and 12, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. LCRA employees will share information with the public and answer questions about the project during the open houses. Exhibits describing the project and the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas approval process will be discussed.

The new Twin Buttes-to-McCamey D-to-Westwind-to-Kendall transmission project is part of a larger estimated $4.9 billion project intended to allow reliable and cost-effective delivery of power produced from wind generators located in West Texas and the Panhandle, called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ), to areas of high-energy demand throughout the state.

The PUC ordered LCRA TSC to build the new transmission lines in part to increase the reliability of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid and increase the transfer of wind and other power into various parts of the state. Several other transmission service providers also will build CREZ-related lines totaling about 2,400 miles.Â

As ordered by the PUC, LCRA TSC will build, own and operate about 600 miles of new and rebuilt existing transmission lines and facilities that will total about $700 million, according to PUC estimates.

The new Twin Buttes-to-McCamey D-to-Westwind-to-Kendall project will consist of three new, double-circuit, bundled-conductor, 345 kV transmission lines. The lines will be built primarily on double-circuit capable lattice structures.

By early October, LCRA TSC must submit to the PUC an application to amend its certificate of convenience and necessity, which is required before construction can begin. The route must be approved by the PUC before LCRA TSC can begin construction. PUC will select which route will be constructed.

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SOURCE: LCRA Transmission Services Corp.

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