Skip to comments.New transmission lines will help power booming shale regions
Posted on 06/12/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT by thackney
New transmission lines linking portions of West Texas to the Dallas-Forth Worth region will be completed by the end of this year, transmission line officials said at a Tuesday conference on electricity issues sponsored by Platts.
The transmissions line project, known as the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, is a project that will add 2,200 miles of new transmission lines in West Texas. There will be lines stretching from Lubbock to Austin. It also will link portions of the Panhandle with the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The project has cost about $7 billion.
The primary power flows were from west to east, and the transmission lines were designed to facilitate wind power to the load zones of Austin and Metroplex areas, but we are seeing power flows both ways now, said Collin Martin, director of transmissions for Oncor Electric Delivery.
Oncor, one of the chief providers of the new transmission lines, is the largest regulated transmission and distribution utility in Texas, and serves about a third of Texas.
The new lines will provide much needed transmission capacity, but more is needed, according to a recent report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which noted that Texas transmission providers will complete $8.9 billion in improvements by 2017.
While the planning for the new transmission lines began in 2009, regulatory and routing issues held up construction until the end of 2011, but construction took off at a frenetic pace since that time, and has not slowed.
The transmission lines will bring electricity into some of the hottest energy plays in West Texas that lack needed infrastructure, such as the Permian Basin and Cline Shales, Martin said. High rates of growth in these areas has overloaded transmission lines and created congestion.
It has created opportunity in terms of expansion, to facilitate the growth that is in the area, Martin said. Without the CREZ lines, we would be having a much more serious discussion about what are the needs to facilitate the increased demand in West Texas.
Unlike California where transmission lines are sadly needed but it will not happen. We are told to just cut back on our usage. So brown-outs will continue.
Wait until the Greenies find out about this.
The projects were justified over putting in wind power. They just found a new use after getting started.
The project will eventually transmit 18,456 megawatts (MW) of wind power from West Texas and the Panhandle to highly populated metropolitan areas of the state.
But...but...but, what about all the birdies that are being slaughtered by the wind generators? (Sniff!)
Cali will get all its juice from solar and wind, right?
that’s a great set of maps...you know how to share info. I think we had to vote of a rate increase to build 5 billion in lines, that first was started for the wind (as mentioned above) but there is hardly a trip across the prairie that is not a little more interesting as you see the vast mile after mile of turbines on hilltops.