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Board members learned about alternative routes and the city of Denton's resolution opposing the preferred route. During a workshop discussion, Rod Reeves, the district's coordinator of facilities, told trustees that the existing utility towers are 60 feet high and that the proposed towers would exceed 150 feet.
Earlier, Sen. Troy Fraser had asked that the need for a new line between Gillespie and Lampasas counties be re-evaluated, and ERCOT's analysis reported that upgrading existing lines could be done instead. ERCOT's about-face on that segment prompted calls to scrap the entire case before the PUC.
In a filing today with the Public Utility Commission, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas wrote that it found "no effective alternatives" to the big line, which would run for at least 130 miles between a yet-to-be-built substation called McCamey D in Schleicher County to the Kendall substation near Comfort.
The Public Utility Commission voted Wednesday to approve the route for a wind energy transmission line to run from near Childress to Lefors. The first final approval of a Panhandle wind energy line came despite last-minute protests by Gray County commissioners and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
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.
But even in Texas - a state long accustomed to oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure - opposition to the transmission lines is mounting. Many landowners do not want to surrender their land to high-voltage power lines, even though they would be paid to do so. "The meters on the attorneys are running," said Robert Weatherford, the president of Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment.
The route for a wind-energy transmission line from near Childress to the Lefors area ...crosses through lesser prairie-chicken habitat, posing a risk of federal curtailment of all sorts of economic activity. County commissioners also filed a resolution asking for a different transmission-line route to avoid prairie-chicken habitat.
The transmission lines face formidable opposition stemming from concerns that the natural landscape will be blighted. A number of landowners in the region have filed objections to the lines - notably a coalition called Protect North Palo Duro Canyon, which has sprung up to fight proposed routes that would cut through private land just north of the state park of the same name.
Hill Country loyalists - some of whom have lived on their land for generations - employ every available argument to keep the transmission lines at bay. Besides the simple beauty of the hillsides, they cite endangered bird species, like the golden-cheeked warbler or the black-capped vireo; unique landforms, such as the Llano Uplift; the historic Pinta trail used by Indians and pioneers; a large bat colony; and much more.
The state's Public Utility Commission, or PUC, approved the CREZ concept in 2008 in response to a directive from the Legislature in 2005. The plan calls for network of transmission lines to bring the wind power to cities in the Central and East Texas. ...Trouble is, between the windy plains and the cities demanding power lie many people who fear that their scenery will be despoiled.
Twice in the past three months, [commission Chairman Barry] Smitherman has asked the state's grid operator whether segments of a line across the Hill Country were necessary. He has said that his change in thinking on the Hill Country line came from studying infrastructure maps more closely. But he has also acted in response to letters from lawmakers who want the lines moved.
A controversial power line proposed to cross the Hill Country to transmit wind power from West Texas may not have to get built after all, according to a letter Tuesday from the agency operating the state's electricity grid. The line, which would run from the Fredericksburg area to Lampasas County, has faced opposition from Hill Country property owners who worried that the lines would ruin views and fragment animal habitat.
Scandia Wind Southwest, which is developing wind farms in Parmer, Sherman and Dallam counties, is one of several companies upping their ante enough to get approval for transmission lines in the southern Panhandle. The Public Utility Commission filed its final order Friday declaring wind companies had posted enough collateral - $15.9 million - to justify continued development of wind energy transmission infrastructure.
An appellate court has overturned a lower court ruling and opened the way for Luminant Energy Company LLC (f/k/a TXU Portfolio Management Company, L.P.) ("Luminant") to recover millions of dollars in damages from wind farms owned by NextEra Energy (f/k/a FPL Energy) that promised but did not deliver the required amount of wind-generated electric energy and renewable energy credits.
Until very recently I honestly thought the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) would listen to our concerns and do what was right for Mason County and even the entire Hill Country. But, today, I am tired of listening to the bullies and I am convinced that the "big bureaucracy" has not and will not be influenced by the practical concerns of a small rural community. I'm talking about the CREZ electric transmission lines that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) ordered constructed throughout the entire state.
More than 20 landowners had filed as intervenors in the process, which produced a route that ultimately was more palatable to them than both the original proposal and an alternate route. ...
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) today chose a route for a new 345-kilovolt transmission line project intended to carry renewable wind power through Schleicher, Irion and Tom Green counties to more populated areas of the state.
Roberta Campbell, whose property is along segment J of the preferred route, met with several other concerned landowners June 25 at the church. She scheduled the Thursday meeting as well. "The goal is to form a coalition and hire an attorney to present evidence to the PUC," Campbell said.
The application is an important first step in developing the line, which is designed to bring 7,000 megawatts in potential wind energy from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee and markets in the Southeast. The project could take up to seven years to complete and cost $3.5 billion, according to Clean Line LLC.
A Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma. The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday.