Commission recommends permit for substation
The Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of a permit for a proposed electrical substation along Roy Warren Parkway.
Garland Power and Light is seeking a conditional use permit to build the substation within a single family-2 zoning district at 9605 Roy Warren Parkway.
City of Greenville Building Official Steve Methven told the commission Monday the facility would be for the Garland utility.
“This will be one of their substations that will feed service somewhere else,” Methven said, adding it is along an unpaved section of Roy Warren. “It is rock all the way up to Trader’s Road.”
While there are only a handful of homes in the surrounding area, and the site is next door to an existing GEUS substation,
Methven said since the location is zoned for single family, the city was asking Garland Power and Light to add in fencing and landscaping around the proposed substation.
Representatives with the utility indicated the substation was needed to connect with a power line which would run between Garland and a GEUS substation on Dent Road, and was mandated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), to prepare for expected growth in the region and to maintain electric reliability.
Greenville Mayor David Dreiling, who serves on the GEUS board and is one of the city’s representatives on the Texas Municipal Power Association (TMPA) said the line was necessary to back up the two lines which currently run between Greenville the statewide ERCOT power grid.
Dreiling said ERCOT pulled one of the lines down for maintenance during the summer, leaving Greenville vulnerable in the event the second line failed.