ERCOT approves transmission project in West Texas, will span 101 miles
More counties will be powered in West Texas.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has approved a transmission project in West Texas. This will include two new 345-KV lines that will help address future reliability concerns.
“We’ve been looking at West Texas for a long time now,” said Leslie Sopko. “There’s all these opportunities out there. This will allow those opportunities to continue to grow because we’ll have that extra accommodation out there from a generation developer’s standpoint.”
The project was first proposed by Oncor and the American Electric Power Service in April of last year.
Oncor, AEPSC and the Lower Colorado River authority Transmission Services Corporation will be building the new power lines.
The increase in energy demand in the area is due in part to an increase in oil and natural gas exploration in the Permian Basin. A growth of eight percent has been seen in this area between 2010 and 2016.
“We continue to see a tremendous amount of load growth in West Texas,” ERCOT Senior Manager of Transmission Planning, Jeff Billo said. “Based on projected load growth in this area, these new lines will be needed to support system reliability in the coming years.”
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