Texas Transmission Line Energized for Renewable Energy Zone
The first of seven 345-kilovolt transmission line projects associated with the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) initiative—designed to carry west Texas wind generation—was energized by Electric Transmission Texas (ETT). The is 41.6 mile-long Riley to Edith Clarke transmission line and the Edith Clarke switching station were energized on July 31 to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid. The overall CREZ initiative involves eight different transmission service providers, including ETT, constructing 2,400 miles of transmission lines to carry 18,500 megawatts of west Texas wind generation to eastern load centers in ERCOT. All CREZ projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. See the ETT press release.