Texas Transmission Providers File Plan to Support CREZ Wind Initiative

A group of Texas electricity transmission providers announced on Friday that they have jointly filed a detailed proposal with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) for the construction of electric transmission as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) process.

The group’s plan includes a comprehensive implementation plan to build approximately 2,400 miles of 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines and associated electrical substations to meet the needs of the state’s CREZs.

The PUCT said that adopting the Scenario 2 CREZ Plan, will encourage organizations to work together to help ensure timely cost-effective development of transmission facilities to support wind power. Scenario 2 calls for the construction of approximately 2,400 miles of new 345-kV transmission lines at a projected cost of US $4.9 billion, approximately US $4.00 per month per residential customer, once construction is complete and costs are reflected in rates.

The joint proposal outlines in detail the transmission facilities that each member of the transmission group will develop in order to bring wind power from the west to the load centers throughout Texas. While each transmission provider will assume responsibility for permitting, construction, operation and maintenance of their proposed facilities, the group said that it will closely coordinate all aspects of the overall CREZ project and work with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in the implementation.

Members of the group include Electric Transmission Texas LLC, LCRA Transmission Services Corporation, Oncor Electric Delivery, Sharyland Utilities, South Texas Electric Cooperative and Texas-New Mexico Power Company.

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