The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.

Texas Renewable Energy Transmission Project Delayed by Bad Weather

Inclement weather is being blamed for preventing a perfect record for Texas’s competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) transmission initiative by delaying a single transmission project in the central CREZ zone beyond the end-of-2013 target date for the projects’ completion.

The sole exception is the final project being built by Wind Energy Transmission Texas’s (WETT).

“There are a few remaining items to complete on Segment 7 (Sand Bluff to Bearkat) including utility coordination for final connections,” Wayne Morton, WETT general manager, told TransmissionHub Dec. 31Construction of the 29-mile line began Nov. 26, 2012, and is expected to be completed “within the next two weeks.” 

Meanwhile, WETT has completed construction and commissioning of the 37-mile Sand Bluff to Divide line. Both lines had been slated for completion earlier in the year but were delayed by foul weather, Morton said.

WETT, the third-largest CREZ developer by budget, was initially responsible for seven transmission lines and eight associated station and equipment projects. One equipment project, the Cottonwood capacitor bank project, was cancelled.

South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) completed its final project, the 76-mile Odessa to Bakersfield line, and turned control of the project over to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for operation “well before Dec. 31,” Holly Gifford, STEC transmission project coordinator, told TransmissionHub Jan. 2.

STEC was initially responsible for three transmission lines, though the three projects were combined to form the Odessa to Bakersfield line and the 112-mile Bakersfield to Big Hill line, which was energized Aug. 31.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company energized the 70-mile West Krum to Anna line Dec. 30, an Oncor spokesperson told TransmissionHub Jan. 2. Oncor energized its penultimate project, the 110-mile Clear Crossing to Willow Creek line, on Dec. 18.

Construction began on the West Krum to Anna project on Aug. 10, 2012, and on the Clear Crossing to Willow Creek project on Jan. 21, 2012. Oncor was responsible for developing 27 transmission lines, the largest number of any CREZ developer, and had the largest current budget estimate of $1.9bn for the lines and 37 station and equipment projects.

Approved in 2008, the CREZ initiative saw 10 developers take part in what was designed as a transmission build-out to transport renewable energy from the wind-rich areas of the Texas Panhandle and West Texas to the load centers of Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and beyond. The completed CREZ projects will eventually transmit 18,500 MW of wind energy.

The current estimated cost of the CREZ program, as reflected in the quarterly progress report issued by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) Oct. 7, is $6.81bn, which represents an increase from the first revised figure of $6.56bn contained in the April 2011 report, but below the high of $6.95bn contained in the January 2012 report and a decline from the $6.82bn estimated in the July quarterly progress report.

There are several reasons for the variations, according to the report. The original estimate of $4.9bn, which resulted from the CREZ transmission optimization (CTO) study in 2008, was the outcome of “a planning exercise to develop multiple transmission plan scenarios from which to select the most cost effective and optimal scenario for execution,” according to the report. After the CTO was developed, an additional 70 projects were added, including three transmission lines comprising more than 600 miles of new transmission, and 67 associated facilities.

This article was originally published on TransmissionHub and was republished with permission.

Lead image: Transmission lines via Shutterstock

RELATED ARTICLES

First Anniversary of The Balkan Floods Highlights Renewable Energy Market Opportunities

Ilias Tsagas, Contributor One year ago this month, severe flooding in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia killed 79 people, displaced about half a million and caused economic paralysis of the region. In the wake of these the catastrophic events, ...
Canadian Climate Goals

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Danielle Droitsch, NRDC Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut by 2050 they committed to in...
Wind turbine

Forget the PTC, Wind Energy’s Real Problem Is Transmission

Adam Barber, A Word About Wind

Forget the challenges associated with government tax credits.  Do you want to know the real barrier for future North American wind market growth?

Rooftop Solar Panels

Hypocrisy? While Buffett Champions Renewables, His Company Fights Rooftop Solar

Mark Chediak, Noah Buhayar and Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg Warren Buffett highlights how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. utilities make massive investments in renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the company is fighting a plan that would encourage more residents to use green power.
Carl Dombek, senior editor for TransmissionHub, is an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience as a broadcast journalist on radio and TV, and as a writer for newspapers, magazines, and the Web. Prior to joining Transmissio...

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

03/01/2015
Volume 18, Issue 3
file

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Doing Business in Brazil – in partnership with GWEC, the Global Win...

Brazil is one of the most promising markets for wind energy.  Ranke...

Energy Storage USA 2015

Energy Storage USA is the leading conference in the United States focuse...

Wind Power Central America

Wind power projects are expected to reach 46GW of total installed capaci...

COMPANY BLOGS

SunEdison Expands Residential Market Offerings with New PPA, Sales ...

SunEdison has largely focussed on the commercial and utility-scale solar...

Are You Ready for a Natural Disaster?

Guest post by Jenna Clarke  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virg...

Deadline for Inclusion in Solar Power World's Top Solar Contractors...

UPDATE: The official deadline for the Solar Power World T...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS