Bakersfield to Solstice Transmission Project

​LCRA Transmission Services Corporation and AEP Texas Inc. are jointly proposing to build and operate a new 345-kilovolt, double-circuit-capable transmission line and upgrade related substation facilities in Pecos County. The new line will connect LCRA TSC's existing Bakersfield Substation to AEP Texas' existing Solstice Substation. LCRA TSC will construct, own and operate the eastern half of the transmission line (connecting to Bakersfield Substation) and AEP Texas will construct, own and operate the western half of the transmission line (connecting to the Solstice Substation). LCRA TSC and AEP Texas are preparing a joint application to be filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to amend each party's respective Certificates of Convenience and Necessity to construct, own and operate the project.

Contacts

Sonya Strambler
LCRA Regulatory Case Manager
512-578-2692
baksol@lcra.org

Randal Roper
AEP Texas Regulatory Case Manager
512-578-2692
baksol@lcra.org

Project Updates

July 12, 2018
Open house materials

LCRA TSC and AEP Texas hosted an open house on July 12 in Fort Stockton, Texas to share information with the public and answer questions about the project. Review the information below, fill out this questionnaire, and submit your feedback on this project to POWER Engineers by July 26.


June 22, 2018
Public Open House in Fort Stockton on July 12
Representatives from LCRA TSC, AEP Texas and POWER Engineers, the routing consulting firm, will be available to answer questions and discuss specific aspects of the project. The open house will be on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pecos County Civic Center, 1618 Airport Drive, Fort Stockton, Texas 79735.

Preliminary alternative route segments map now available
POWER Engineers delineated the project study area and has begun data collection and constraint mapping. Click to view the alternative route segments map. (Maps with more detail will be on view at the July 12 open house.)

Project receives critical designation
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Board recently designated this project critical to reliability. Projects designated as “critical” to the reliability of the ERCOT system are considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on an expedited basis.

 

Key links

  • Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
  • Interactive mapping tool: Zoom in and out on aerial imagery that depicts primary alternate transmission line route segments, potential substation sites and property line information obtained from the county appraisal district. Note: High-speed internet is recommended.