Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) continues to make progress on its CREZ transmission projects, Randy Roper, regulatory case manager for AEP Service Company, told TransmissionHub March 15.
ETT, a joint venture between American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings, is constructing four CREZ projects: the Clear Crossing–Dermott 345-kV line; the Tesla–Riley 345-kV line; the Riley–Edith Clarke–Cottonwood 345-kV lines; and the Tesla–Edith Clarke–Clear Crossing–West Shackelford 345-kV lines.
All of the certificates of convenience and necessity for the projects have been granted, and the company is in the process of obtaining easements, Roper said.
“In fact, one of our first projects we’re staring construction on, Clear Crossing–Dermott, we’re about to start breaking ground and start putting up structures,” Roper said, adding that with the exception of one, the company was able to obtain all easements without going into condemnation. The one in condemnation is currently in negotiations, he said.
ETT is in the process of finishing up easement acquisitions for the Tesla–Riley transmission line, and is in the process of obtaining easements for the Edith Clarke–Riley segment, Roper said. “We’re fairly far along, percentage-wise, on that one,” he added.
The Tesla–Riley line will be the next project the company begins construction on after Clear Crossing–Dermott, followed by the Cottonwood–Edith Clarke–Riley projects, he said.
The company also has four 345-kV non-CREZ projects that are not yet docketed on which it is commencing front-end work, like community and stakeholder outreach, Roper said. He also noted Southwestern Electric Power Company, a subsidiary of AEP, is likewise in the beginning phases of a 345-kV line in East Texas.