Texas regulators approve transfer of CCN rights to existing transmission line segments to Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas, in a Nov. 14 final order, approved an application filed in July by Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative and Farmers Electric Cooperative requesting approval of the transfer of associated certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) rights to existing transmission line segments, which are being sold by Farmers to Rayburn in Hopkins, Rains, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman counties.

The CCN rights of Farmers that are to be transferred to Rayburn are related to the following facilities, all of which are located in the ERCOT system:

  • An approximately 17-mile, 69-kV existing transmission line – including easements – beginning at the Tawakoni Switch and ending at the Kiowa substation
  • An approximately 19-mile, 138-kV existing transmission line – including easements – beginning at the Blackland POI/West Munson substation and ending at the Quinlan substation
  • An approximately six-mile, 138-kV existing transmission line tap – including easements – beginning at a point in the transmission line described in the second bullet listed above, and ending at the Wieland substation
  • A 138-kV transmission line to be built in Kaufman County, certificated in PUC Docket 28936, of about five miles in length, beginning at the proposed Windmill Farms substation, and ending at the proposed NW Terrell switching station/substation

The PUC also noted that Rayburn, which serves the wholesale electric loads in ERCOT and in the Southwest Power Pool, is a transmission service provider operating a transmission system with more than 160 circuit miles of 138-kV transmission lines through ownership or lease agreements.

Among other things, the PUC said that Rayburn has demonstrated that it has the ability to provide adequate service upon the sale and transfer of the associated CCN rights to both existing and certificated, but not yet built transmission line segments.

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