AEP Texas is committed to providing electricity that customers need. To that end, the company plans to invest more than $150 million in improvements to the electric transmission infrastructure in west Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) conducted a study of the grid in this region and determined a critical need for new electric transmission facilities to support the growing economic development in the area. The oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin region is at an all-time high and requires more electricity be delivered to west Texas to ensure continued reliable power to commercial and residential customers.

West Texas Projects:

Solstice - Bakersfield Transmission Line Project

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 the west Texas region. The project involves building nearly 68 miles of new 345-kilovolt transmission line to provide West Texans and commercial energy developers with more reliable electric service. The PUCT approved the project and a final line route on May 28, 2019.

Solstice - Sand Lake Transmission Line Project

AEP Texas and Oncor plan to address the need for a more reliable power grid for future growth and economic development in Pecos, Reeves and Ward Counties. The project involves building nearly 40 miles of new 345-kilovolt transmission line to provide West Texans and commercial energy developers with more reliable electric service.

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AEP Texas teamed up with Oncor and LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) to build the new electric transmission infrastructure as part of this initiative. For more information about their roles in the project and the companies, please visit their project websites:

 

West Texas Energy Connection

WHAT:

AEP Texas is proud to provide electric service to its customers across its nearly 100,000 square mile service territory. It’s the commitment that the company has to its customers that drives AEP Texas to join efforts with LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) and Oncor and invest more than $150 million to bolster the electric transmission grid in west Texas.

WHY:

The West Texas Energy Connection is a program to build new electric transmission facilities to support the growing economic development in the Permian Basin region. These two transmission line projects are important to the reliability and security of the region’s supply of electricity. The added strength and resiliency that this program delivers helps to ensure continued reliable power to AEP Texas residential and commercial customers.

WHERE:

The project area for the West Texas Energy Connection is located in Pecos County, primarily, and crosses into the southwest portion of Ward County. Both projects will involve connecting double-circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines into the proposed AEP Texas 345-kV Solstice Substation located west of Fort Stockton.




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