Texas regulators to consider proposal for decision on 345-kV line at Sept. 8 meeting

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas will consider a proposal for decision on the Zorn–Marion 345-kV Transmission Line Project at an open meeting scheduled for Sept. 8 at the PUC’s offices in Austin, Texas, according to a July 25 document from Commission Advising and Docket Management.

The deadline for filing exceptions to the proposal for decision is Aug. 12, while the deadline for filing responses to the exceptions is Aug. 22, the document said.

As TransmissionHub reported, administrative law judges (ALJs), in a proposal for decision filed with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas, concluded that among the routes contained in an application by LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (TSC) for a proposed 345-kV transmission line, “Route 10M” is preferred, taking into account all of the PUC’s routing criteria.

Among all 19 possible routes identified in the application and by the parties in the case, Route 10M is the least expensive route, requires the least amount of new right of way (ROW), and affects the fewest number of habitable structures, the proposed order said.

In a July 22 letter to the director of Commission Advising and Docket Management, the ALJs requested that the case be placed on an open meeting agenda for the PUC’s consideration.

As noted in the proposal for decision, LCRA in March filed with the PUC an application to amend its certificate of convenience and necessity for the proposed Zorn to Marion 345-kV Transmission Line in Guadalupe County, Texas.

The ERCOT Board of Directors has formally designated the project as critical to reliability.

The overall project includes the installation of the 345-kV circuit from the existing LCRA Zorn substation to the existing LCRA Marion substation, the proposed order added.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.