Arizona regulators authorize Salt River Project’s Price Road Project

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Sept. 12 said that it has approved the Arizona Power and Transmission Line Siting Committee’s certificate of environmental compatibility authorizing Salt River Project’s (SRP) Price Road Project, which involves a new double circuit, 230-kV line connecting SRP’s Knox substation in Chandler to a new substation at Germann and Price Road.

The approved route minimizes the impact on the surrounding community and supports the City of Chandler’s economic and power needs as discussed in its 2016 General Plan, the commission said.

The City of Chandler will pay the costs to bury a large portion of the line based on concerns from residents over how the aesthetics of the project would impact their neighborhood, the commission said.

“The project provides nearly five miles of new transmission line and will run alongside the Loop 202 adjacent to the Gila River Indian Community,” the commission said.

According to the project’s website, the Price Road Corridor is a five-square-mile area of Chandler and one of Arizona’s fastest-growing economic hubs.

To maintain reliable electric service in that area and to meet forecast energy demand, SRP will bring the new power line from its Knox substation to a 230-kV substation site, identified as RS-27, located in the northern section of the Price Road Corridor, the site noted. The proposed route will run east from the Knox substation, primarily on the south side of the Loop 202, to the north-west portion of the Price Road Corridor, according to the site.

SRP resumed the project with route considerations that reflect a reduced load forecast and changes to the City of Chandler’s General Plan for the area, the site noted.

“Previous proposed routes were dependent on a Gila River Indian Community alternative that was rejected by the Community’s Tribal Council,” according to the site.

SRP in June filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility with the commission for 4.8 miles of new overhead transmission line from the Knox substation to the new RS-27 substation, generally along the south side of the Loop 202 and then adjacent to the Gila River Indian Community boundary north of the substation site, the website noted. The remainder of the project is planned to be underground, according to the site.

The ACC’s Sept. 12 approval, which was by unanimous vote, is the final step of the application process and enables SRP to move forward with project construction, the site noted.

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