AEP Texas and LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) plan to address the need for a more reliable power grid for future growth and economic development in west Texas. Following recent electrical studies, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) designated the project as critical. The new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line will provide west Texans and commercial energy developers with more reliable electric service.
The components of the proposed Solstice-Bakersfield Transmission Line Project include:
AEP Texas teamed up with LCRA TSC to build the new electric transmission infrastructure as part of this initiative. Landowners whose properties are located on LCRA TSC’s side of the project can find additional LCRA TSC resources and contact information at the website below.
AEP Texas hosted a public open house on July 12, 2018, to introduce proposed route links and answer questions related to the project. Visitors offered feedback, asked questions of project team members and learned more about the potential route links for the proposed transmission line.
Following a review of the public input received this summer, AEP Texas and LCRA TSC filed a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on Nov. 7. The PUCT requires the CCN application to ask for approval of the project and to determine a final route for the Solstice - Bakersfield Transmission Line Project. The companies expect to receive a decision on the project and final line route determination from the PUCT by Summer 2019.
Right of Way Services serves as AEP Texas' right-of-way representative on this project. Right-of-way agents will begin communications with landowners this fall.
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