The Salt River Project (SRP) Agricultural Improvement and Power District on Dec. 1 told the Arizona Corporation Commission that it anticipates that the Abel-Moody 230-kV Transmission Project will be in service in 2021, per the 2017 Ten Year Transmission Plan.
As noted on SRP’s website, to meet increased electricity demand and growth, SRP plans to build the approximately 20-mile, double-circuit transmission line connecting two SRP-owned and previously sited 230/69-kV substations. The new line will also connect a new 230/69-kV substation that will be sited and built as part of the project, the site noted.
The commission in December 2009 voted unanimously to confirm the certificate of environmental compatibility (CEC) for the line, according to the site.
According to the CEC, the project route originates at the RS-17/Moody substations and generally follows the Roosevelt Water Conservation District (RWCD) canal to the northeast for a short distance to the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). The line will be located on the southwest side of the UPRR from the RWCD canal to Power Road with the existing 69-kV line underbuilt on the new structures. The CEC further noted that the alignment continues to parallel the UPRR and an existing 69-kV line southeast to Ryan Road. The alignment then parallels the Ryan Road alignment to the east until it intersects Signal Butte Road, turns south on Signal Butte Road to the UPRR, and parallels the UPRR to the southeast until it reaches the Magma Railroad. The CEC added that the route then parallels the Magma Railroad northeast into the Abel substation site.
According to the Dec. 1 filing, which is SRP’s annual compliance filing, the certificate is granted upon certain conditions.
One of those conditions, for instance, calls for SRP to obtain all approvals and permits required by the United States, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the state of Arizona, the counties of Maricopa and Pinal, and any other governmental entities having jurisdiction necessary to build the project.
SRP added that it will comply with that condition, noting that it has received approval from the FAA for the height of the poles to be located along Ryan Road. The FAA initially granted such approval of the individual pole heights through Aug. 26, 2010, issuing a “Determination of no hazard to air navigation,” SRP said, adding that it has since applied for, and the FAA has granted, extensions for the approval of the individual pole heights. The latest extension continues through May 27, 2019, SRP said, adding that it will continue to request extensions of the FAA approval for the pole heights, as required by the FAA, until the project is completed.
Another condition calls for SRP to provide copies of the certificate to appropriate city, town, and county planning agencies, mayors, and town councils, as well as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Arizona State Land Department, Arizona Department of Transportation, State Historic Preservation Office, and Arizona Game and Fish Department.
SRP added that it has complied with that condition, with copies of the original certificate sent by certified mail in March 2010, to 52 individuals who represent the agencies, airport authority, counties, cities, and towns.
Another condition calls for SRP to make good faith efforts – within 60 days of the commission decision granting the certificate – to begin discussions with private landowners, on whose property the project corridor is located, to identify the specific location for the project’s right of way and placement of poles.
SRP added that it has commenced discussions with private landowners since the certificate was granted to determine a final alignment.