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LCRA TSC suspends further development of Gillespie-to-Newton transmisson line

LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) has put on hold further development of an 85-mile transmission line in the Texas Hill Country awaiting further guidance from the state on whether the project still is needed.

The action affects planning for the Gillespie-to-Newton transmission line project that is part of the statewide wind-power initiative called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).

In April, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) denied an LCRA TSC application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) for the Gillespie-to-Newton transmission line project, the planned construction of a new 345-kilovolt power line in Llano, Gillespie, San Saba, Lampasas and Burnet counties. On June 11, the PUC denied four motions for rehearing of its decision, including LCRA TSC's, and requested the state's transmission planning organization to reconsider whether the line still is needed.

"The action is helpful," said Tom Mason, LCRA general manager. "We are here to serve the state's power transmission needs, as it defines them. Now that the PUC has determined that our original route proposals were inadequate and has asked the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to reconsider the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) has put on hold further development of an 85-mile transmission line in the Texas Hill Country awaiting further guidance from the state on whether the project still is needed.

The action affects planning for the Gillespie-to-Newton transmission line project that is part of the statewide wind-power initiative called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).

In April, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) denied an LCRA TSC application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) for the Gillespie-to-Newton transmission line project, the planned construction of a new 345-kilovolt power line in Llano, Gillespie, San Saba, Lampasas and Burnet counties. On June 11, the PUC denied four motions for rehearing of its decision, including LCRA TSC's, and requested the state's transmission planning organization to reconsider whether the line still is needed.

"The action is helpful," said Tom Mason, LCRA general manager. "We are here to serve the state's power transmission needs, as it defines them. Now that the PUC has determined that our original route proposals were inadequate and has asked the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to reconsider the fundamental need for the line in light of changed conditions, our best course of action on this project is to await the PUC's review of ERCOT's recommendation."

The PUC has requested from ERCOT a re-evaluation of the need for the project, which ERCOT has termed a "priority project." The PUC is asking ERCOT if it is needed at all. ERCOT oversees the electric grid for about 85 percent of the state.

The transmission lines developed through CREZ are intended to increase reliability of the ERCOT 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 lines totaling about 2,400 miles.


Source: http://www.sansabanews.com/...

JUN 24 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/26873-lcra-tsc-suspends-further-development-of-gillespie-to-newton-transmisson-line
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