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Transmission lines mapped out  

It’s been an anxious few months for area residents, but now the wait is finally over.

ProNews Seven has obtained a map showing exactly where the Public Utility Commission hopes to install transmission lines as part of scenario two.

If you look at the map to the right, you can see the lines would run through several Panhandle counties then continue south.

State officials say this plan would boost the wind-power produced from about 5-megawatts to over 18,000.

This would also mean a big boost for our local economy, not only in revenue but in the number of high-paying jobs available. We’re told the total economic impact is around $12 billion.

On a related note, Thursday, Sharyland Utilities filed a statement of interest with the PUC to build transmission facilities across the Panhandle.

The company is hoping to start on the project as soon as possible.

Sharyland filed the proposal along with five other Texas transmission providers.

Basically those companies want to construct, operate and maintain certain transmission facilities not only in the Panhandle but in parts of the south plains.

Sharyland is the same company that back in February of last year submitted the Panhandle loop proposal. A plan that would extend the electric grid that serves most of Texas into our area.

Company officials say last week’s decision by the PUC now makes that vision a reality.

In a statement released Thursday the President of Sharyland assured local residents that they are committed to meeting our transmission needs for the long-term.

KVII 7 Online

25 July 2008

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