Texas Power Grid:
Most Texan know more about Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commissioner (PUC) because of the February 2021 power outages. In the Houston Chronicle article linked below, state Rep. Drew Darby discussed the 2005 project known as CREZ, which stands for Competitive Renewable Energy Zones. The new construction of statewide high voltage transmission lines (HVTLs) into ERCOT were completed in early 2014. This article reports: “Until more transmission projects come online, ERCOT must continue to turn away West Texas renewable power from the grid.” If so, this could result in a path for transmission line companies to build more HVTLs to add needed capacity. For more information on the CREZ lines, please see the links below.
– Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor
ERCOT Limits Wind, Solar Power that Goes to Grid
The rapid growth of renewable energy, particularly wind power, has outstripped the carrying capacity of transmission lines. Even when demand soars and electricity supplies run short, the state’s grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, must limit the power West Texas wind and solar farms can sell into the grid because of transmission constraints… READ MORE
Powering Texas: Transmission & CRZ Fact Sheet
CREZ stands for Competitive Renewable Energy Zones. These are specific areas located in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle that have been identified as resource rich, high wind areas. The Texas State Legislature introduced the concept of CREZ in 2005 as a means of connecting areas with abundant wind resources to more highly populated parts of the state… READ MORE
Braun & Gresham can Help in the Transmission Line Routing Process
Braun & Gresham, PLLC represents landowners in the PUC transmission line routing process working to preserve their lands. This is an ongoing issue of interest for us, and we will provide updates on what this means for landowners. We can help on how best to protect your land. Please read about our client successes in this PUC routing process through the link below. For questions, call Patrick L. Reznik at (512) 894-5426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your rights… READ CLIENT SUCCESSES
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