LCRA Leander – Round Rock 138 kV Transmission Line Project

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently approved the Route LHO-1 route for the Leander-Round Rock 138-kV transmission line project on May 18th, 2017. The proposed line will be constructed between existing substations in Leander and Round Rock and also includes the construction of two new substations to be situated in southwestern Williamson County.  The line will consist of approximately 21 miles and constructed on right-of-way (ROW) with a proposed easement width of approximately 80 feet and will cost an estimated $99.6 million dollars to complete, in addition to approximately $17.3m for the new substations for a total estimate of $116.9m.

The project will be funded by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) through a combination of tax-exempt commercial paper and subsequently fixed-rate debt. The line will meet the significantly increased electric demand in the rapidly growing area by providing and maintaining reliable electric service to the area and is projected to be operational by December 2019.

The application for the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) necessary for approval by the PUC was filed on April 28th, 2016. The PUC heard public comments on the project at its meeting on May 4th, 2016. Out of the various routes proposed by the LCRA, the PUC approved the route forthcoming a Final Order sanctioning the project. Information and updates on this portion of the project can be found at the PUC interchange by searching for docket number 45866 at:

http://interchange.puc.texas.gov/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch.asp

Please contact Luke Ellis with Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.

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Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge are partners with Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge. Justin heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Houston office. Luke heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Austin office. Luke Ellis is widely recognized as one of Texas’s top young lawyers—and one of the top lawyers of any age practicing in the area of eminent domain. Mr. Ellis has broad experience and has enjoyed success in many types of civil litigation. Justin Hodge is a trial lawyer who represents Texas landowners in condemnation, eminent-domain, and real-estate lawsuits. He represents landowners in condemnation proceedings, not the governmental authorities or private companies taking property. Mr. Hodge has handled complex condemnation and eminent-domain cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have questions about any of the issues raised in this blog, we invite you to discuss them with us at jhodge@jmehlaw.com or lellis@jmehlaw.com.

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