Local section of CREZ line taking shape

With right-of-way secured, a local portion of a Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) power-transmission line is starting to take shape.

The 329-mile long 345 kV line will stretch from near Snyder in West Texas to Navarro County in North Central Texas, crossing Hill County in the process.

The CREZ system, which includes 2,400 miles of new or upgraded power lines, will carry electricity from five wind-generating zones in West Texas to the population basis in the eastern part of the state.

Planning for the system started in 2009, and the Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved final line alignments in December 2010.

According to David Turner, project manager for Lone Star Transmission (LST), the contractor on the local line, upgrade or expansion work at two substations along the line is nearly complete.

The first is Sam Switch, which is east of Abbott, and the second is in Navarro County where the line terminates.

Line construction being conducted locally is between Sam Switch and the termination point near Corsicana.

Crews started dropping off 100-foot tall monopoles that will support the line several weeks ago in the Malone area, and they are now being erected.

Turner estimated that 60 percent of the work between Abbott and Navarro County has been completed.

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