TxDOT and Electric Power Transmission Lines

Phillip Nash, Douglas Smith, Richard Walker, John Hood, Benjamin Welch, Joseph Sober, Ben Knipstein, Nathan Hutson, Lisa Loftus-Otway

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Abstract

Rural Areas of Texas are being extensively developed as locations for renewable energy projects and generation facilities. Wind power, solar power and other renewable energy technologies are viewed by the public as the next economic boom and have been compared to the oil boom of the early twentieth century. However, studies have indicated that the existing transmission network is unable to support significant transmission of electricity from additional wind generation in West Texas. The Public Utilities Commission of Texas commissioned a study to analyze the need and certain costs and benefits of transmission to integrate wind resources into the existing transmission infrastructure, selected sites and grouped them into 25 zones called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in pursuit of adequate future transmission. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has the potential for a unique and expansive role in the development of future transmission capacity given the author
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTexas Department of Transportation
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

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