AEP Texas and Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT) will build a stronger, more reliable transmission grid in Menard and McCulloch counties by improving local electric infrastructure. These upgrades with improvements will benefit the region by strengthening the transmission system and improving its reliability. The estimated project investment is $38 million. The final path of the line and the associated miles has been determined by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).
Major components of the Heartland - Yellowjacket 138 kV Transmission Line Project include:
- Approximately 38 miles of new 138-Kilovolt (kV) transmission line
- Building a new substation - Heartland Substation in Brady
- Upgrading one existing substation - Yellowjacket Substation in Menard
The need for the project was demonstrated in August 2013 when the Brady area experienced a weather-related outage. This project will enhance the local electric grid to quicken restoration time and help provide reliable electric service to the surrounding area. Bolstering the infrastructure serving the Menard and Brady area will also support future economic growth and development.
Landowner input on route study links to determine the proposed line route was gathered during and following open house events held in February 2016. AEP Texas and ETT filed a joint application to the Public Utilities Commission of Texas in August 2016. The application was approved in August 2017 granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity.
WHERE / WHEN
Crews will begin construction in early 2019. The company expects to complete construction by early 2020.
The proposed transmission line will extend from the new Heartland Substation in Brady southwest to the existing Yellowjacket Substation in Menard.