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Public Utility Commission OK's wind transmission line through Kendall County

The Public Utility Commission unanimously approved a transmission line to bear West Texas wind power from just south of San Angelo to Kendall County, traveling along Interstate 10 from west of Junction to near the end of the line just east of Kerrville.From there, the wind power will mix in with the rest of the Texas grid.

The Public Utility Commission unanimously approved a transmission line to bear West Texas wind power from just south of San Angelo to Kendall County, traveling along Interstate 10 from west of Junction to near the end of the line just east of Kerrville.From there, the wind power will mix in with the rest of the Texas grid.

The line will be built by the Lower Colorado River Authority, which sounded pleased in a press release yesterday to get approval from the PUC.

"The process, while challenging for the parties, allowed the Hill Country's values to be carefully weighed in this important decision,"Tom Mason, general manager of the LCRA, said in a news release. "Those values came through loud and clear in the thousands of comments we received in surveys and at open houses attended by more than 3,400 people. As a result, the route selected by the PUC follows Interstate 10 for a great distance, uses monopoles near the cities of Junction and Kerrville and uses property of willing landowners where possible. No route satisfies all interests, but this route can be successfully, safely and reliably constructed by LCRA... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Public Utility Commission unanimously approved a transmission line to bear West Texas wind power from just south of San Angelo to Kendall County, traveling along Interstate 10 from west of Junction to near the end of the line just east of Kerrville.From there, the wind power will mix in with the rest of the Texas grid.

The line will be built by the Lower Colorado River Authority, which sounded pleased in a press release yesterday to get approval from the PUC.

"The process, while challenging for the parties, allowed the Hill Country's values to be carefully weighed in this important decision,"Tom Mason, general manager of the LCRA, said in a news release. "Those values came through loud and clear in the thousands of comments we received in surveys and at open houses attended by more than 3,400 people. As a result, the route selected by the PUC follows Interstate 10 for a great distance, uses monopoles near the cities of Junction and Kerrville and uses property of willing landowners where possible. No route satisfies all interests, but this route can be successfully, safely and reliably constructed by LCRA (transmission services corporation)."

No wonder if he sounded somewhat relieved: The LCRA had once thought it would build transmission lines from West Texas all the way to Lampasas, but those plans evaporated as the PUC sought instead to upgrade current lines to appease landowners who complained about new transmission lines cutting across their land. In short, half a loaf may be a lot better than no loaf at all for the state-established utility.


Source: http://www.statesman.com/bl...

JAN 21 2011
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