Lone Star Transmission, a rate-regulated transmission service provider in Texas, and an indirect unit of NextEra Energy, energized of about 330 miles of new 345-kV transmission lines and associated transmission facilities.
The project, which includes four circuits and five substations, stretches from Scurry County, northwest of Abilene to Navarro County, just south of Dallas.
"To enhance the reliability of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) transmission grid and help ensure customers have access to affordable power, transmission lines like the ones we have just energized are critical to Texas' energy future," said Lone Star Transmission President Mike Grable.
Lone Star's transmission lines are one part of a transmission grid improvement program that will add about 2,300 miles of 345-kv lines to deliver power from the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in west Texas and the Texas panhandle to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and other population centers in Texas.
Lone Star Transmission is the first new transmission utility to energize its CREZ facilities. Using more than 2,500 spun concrete monopoles, Lone Star was able to reduce the project's visual impact and land needs without adding cost.
In addition to enhancing the reliability of the ERCOT electric grid, the Lone Star Transmission project has had a meaningful impact on local economies by creating jobs and increasing direct and indirect economic activity, as well as improving local tax revenues.
About 900 construction jobs were created during the roughly three-year construction period. With headquarters and control centers in Austin, Texas and field offices in Hillsboro and Abilene, Texas, Lone Star Transmission now employs nearly 40 people to operate the transmission lines and associated facilities in a safe and reliable manner.
Lone Star Transmission LLC, is a rate-regulated transmission service provider in Texas that owns and operates about 330 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, and associated equipment, that stretches from Scurry County, northwest of Abilene to Navarro County just south of Dallas.