Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is hosting a public open house meeting on Thursday to discuss plans for a new transmission line in Pinal County, Ariz.
The new 500 kV line would extend about 40 miles from the future Pinal Central Substation east of Casa Grande to TEP's Tortolita Substation southeast of Red Rock. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 and conclude in May 2014.
TEP is seeking input on a preferred route and several alternative routes for the proposed project. The new line would help maintain reliable electric service, expand access to renewable generation projects and help meet anticipated energy needs in the Tucson metropolitan area and surrounding region, according to TEP.