Entergy (NYSE:ETR) on May 1 said that construction has officially launched on Entergy Texas, Inc.’s $66m, 230-kV China-Stowell Transmission Project, which the company said is designed to ensure reliable, low-cost power for Entergy Texas’ customers.
When completed in 2019, the project will feature 25 miles of high-voltage transmission lines that span from just west of China in Jefferson County to the Stowell substation in Chambers County, the company said.
Entergy Texas President and CEO Sallie Rainer said in the statement, in part, that over the next three years, the company plans to invest almost $2bn to improve how it serves customers.
Entergy said that those capital investments, which will allow for expansion in southeast Texas and improve electrical service to customers in the 27 counties that Entergy Texas serves, include:
- $825m in new power generation
- $600m in transmission projects
- $415m in distribution upgrades
The company said that besides the China-Stowell project, other projects that are part of the investments include:
- The Montgomery County Power Station, which is Entergy’s first generation investment in Texas since building the Sabine Plant in 1979. According to the project’s website, the proposed facility at the existing Lewis Creek site near Willis, Texas, will bring nearly 1 GW of reliable and clean electricity to southeast Texas.
- The Port Arthur Reliability Project, which is a 230-kV transmission project that will provide additional support to industrial customers across the region. According to Entergy’s website, the approximately $63m project involves building two new 230-kV substations and installing a new 230-kV transmission line between the new substations in the Port Arthur area. The proposed Garden 230-kV substation will be near Central Gardens, Texas, and the proposed Legend 230-kV substation will be near Port Acres, Texas. The project is ongoing and has an expected in-service date of June 2020. The site further stated that the project addresses future load growth and reliability needs in east Texas
- An advanced metering system that will provide customers with the energy solutions that reduce outages and give them more control of their energy usage
Entergy noted that its officials joined with business leaders and elected officials at the Stowell substation on State Highway 65 in Stowell on May 1 for the wire-cutting ceremony for the China-Stowell project.