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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Update: LCRA’s Zorn to Marion Transmission Line Project

On September 16, 2016, The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas approved the Zorn-Marion project in Gudadalupe county and selected Route 10M. The Zorn-Marion project is intended to address an increase in electrical demand caused by population growth in northern Bexar County and the Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin.

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After the project was approved, The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) began mailing property owners directly affected by the project Notice of PUC Approval and a copy of the Commission’s Final Order. The LCRA also began contacting the property owners in order to negotiate Right of Entry Agreements and, ultimately, begin construction of the transmission line.

You can find information and updates on the project at the PUC interchange by searching for docket number 45601 at

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

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