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Denton expected to weigh in on Oncor plan

Oncor's preferred route for the 345-kilovolt transmission line, filed with the state last week, would use an existing easement crossing the Greenbelt. The project includes up to 95 alternate routes in four counties. The Public Utility Commission of Texas will decide the final route.

Denton city leaders today will wade into the debate over Oncor's plans for a new high-voltage power line running from Krum to Anna.

The Denton City Council is expected to pass a resolution supporting routes for the power line that would either avoid the Greenbelt Corridor or use an existing transmission line crossing through the natural area, which connects Ray Roberts and Lewisville lakes.

Oncor's preferred route for the 345-kilovolt transmission line, filed with the state last week, would use an existing easement crossing the Greenbelt.

The project includes up to 95 alternate routes in four counties. The Public Utility Commission of Texas will decide the final route.

"Our first choice is for them to not go through the Greenbelt at all," said Lisa Lemons, a spokeswoman for Denton Municipal Electric, the city's electric utility. "Our second choice is for them to use the existing transmission line crossing, which is what they're doing [in the preferred route proposal], so we're supportive of that."

City Council members will discuss the project during a 3:30 p.m. work session at City Hall before voting on the resolution during their regular meeting at... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Denton city leaders today will wade into the debate over Oncor's plans for a new high-voltage power line running from Krum to Anna.

The Denton City Council is expected to pass a resolution supporting routes for the power line that would either avoid the Greenbelt Corridor or use an existing transmission line crossing through the natural area, which connects Ray Roberts and Lewisville lakes.

Oncor's preferred route for the 345-kilovolt transmission line, filed with the state last week, would use an existing easement crossing the Greenbelt.

The project includes up to 95 alternate routes in four counties. The Public Utility Commission of Texas will decide the final route.

"Our first choice is for them to not go through the Greenbelt at all," said Lisa Lemons, a spokeswoman for Denton Municipal Electric, the city's electric utility. "Our second choice is for them to use the existing transmission line crossing, which is what they're doing [in the preferred route proposal], so we're supportive of that."

City Council members will discuss the project during a 3:30 p.m. work session at City Hall before voting on the resolution during their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Oncor's preferred route for the power line would temporarily divert from the path of the existing transmission line northeast of Loop 288 at Kings Row in Denton, west of the Greenbelt. The existing line roughly parallels Loop 288 in that area, while Oncor's preferred route swings west toward the highway before rejoining the path of the existing line headed northwest toward Hartlee Field Road.

"There's a part of the [existing] line around Kings Row where the easement is too narrow" to contain a new power line, Lemons said. "They've proposed a different route through there, but since it's not part of the Greenbelt it's not an issue for us."

The utility commission is expected to pick a final route by March 7. The public has until Oct. 8 to file for a special status to participate in the process.

The transmission line is part of a project to boost the state's capacity for wind-generated power. In March, the state utility commission started approving sets of lines that would bring more wind power generated near Snyder and Sweetwater and in the Panhandle to the state's more populous areas.

The $4.93 billion project is scheduled for completion in 2013.


Source: http://www.dentonrc.com/sha...

SEP 14 2010
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