in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has unanimously approved an application by Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) and public electric utility Sharyland Utilities to build the Cross Valley 345 kV transmission line from a substation northwest of Edinburg to a substation located east of Brownsville. ETT is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.

According to AEP, the project is estimated to cost $309 million and expected to be complete in summer 2016.

The western half of the approximately 96-mile-long transmission line will be constructed, owned and operated by ETT. Sharyland will construct and operate the eastern half.

"When we first filed our joint application in July 2013, we emphasized that this transmission line is needed to ensure continued reliable electric service for the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which is forecast to have continued electrical demand growth," says ETT President Calvin Crowder.

"The need has grown since that time, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has determined this project is critical for the reliability of the ERCOT system and, specifically, the Brownsville area," Crowder adds.

Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

To Help Combat Costly Electricity Theft, Emerging Markets Turn To Smart Grid Infrastructure

According to a new report, the world loses a whopping $89.3 billion to electricity theft annually, and emerging country markets are feeling a majority of the pain.


Report: Utilities Face Big Revenue Cuts From Distributed Energy Resources

According to a new report from Accenture, the growth of solar and other resources, such as energy storage, could mean significant losses for utilities.


NextEra To Acquire Hawaiian Electric In $4.3 Billion Merger Deal

If approved, the agreement between the two energy companies would produce one of North America's largest renewable energy players.


EPA Racks Up Over 1.6 Million Comments On Carbon Pollution Plan

Months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, which will create new regulations for existing power plants, the agency says it has received loads of feedback to consider.


Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180