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 Station to AEP Texas' existing Solstice Switch Station. LCRA TSC will construct, own and operate the eastern half of the transmission line (connecting to Bakersfield Station) and AEP Texas will construct, own and operate the western half of the transmission line (connecting to the Solstice Switch Station). LCRA TSC and AEP Texas prepared a joint application to amend each party’s respective Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, and filed it at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

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

Nov. 7, 2018
Joint Application filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas

LCRA TSC and AEP Texas filed a joint application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) on Nov. 7 to amend their Certificates of Convenience and Necessity for the Bakersfield to Solstice Transmission Project. The application includes data on 25 alternative routes that range from approximately 68 to 92 miles long and are estimated to cost approximately $194 million to $237 million (including station costs). Numerous other routes could be created by combining the filed segments into additional routes. The route order is numerical and does not signify any preference by LCRA TSC or AEP Texas as to which route is ultimately approved. All routes and route segments included in the application—available at the link above—are available for selection and approval by the PUC. The deadline for intervention in PUC docket No. 48787 is Dec. 27, 2018. If approved by the PUC, the transmission line is scheduled to be energized by December 2020.

Attachments to the CCN application:

Attachment 1: Environmental Assessment and Alternative Route Analysis

  • Figure 1-1 in the Environmental Assessment includes the Project Area
  • Figure 2-1 in the Environmental Assessment includes the Study Area
  • Figure 3-1 in the Environmental Assessment includes the Preliminary Alternative Route Segments
  • Figure 3-13 in the Environmental Assessment includes the Primary Alternative Routes
  • Table 4-1 in the Environmental Assessment includes data for the primary route evaluation.
  • Table 4-2 in the Environmental Assessment includes data for the primary segment evaluation.
  • Appendix A to the Environmental Assessment includes Agency and Other Correspondence
  • Appendix B to the Environmental Assessment includes Public Involvement
  • Appendix C to the Environmental Assessment includes data tables on Habitable Structures and Other Land Use Features in the Vicinity of the Primary Alternative Routes
  • Appendix D to the Environmental Assessment includes three aerial maps of the primary alternative routes
  • Appendix E to the Environmental Assessment includes three topographic maps of the Habitable Structures and Other Land Use Features in the Vicinity of the Primary Alternative Routes
  • Appendix F to the Environmental Assessment includes LCRA TSC’s Oak Wilt Policy

Attachment 2a-g: ERCOT Correspondence
Attachment 3: Cost Estimates
Attachment 4: Location of Directly Affected Parcels and Habitable Structures (see updated routing maps section below)
Attachment 5: Landowner Letter Filing Notice
Attachment 6: Directly Affected Landowner List
Attachment 7: Notice Letters to Utilities, Public Officials, ISDs and DoD
Attachment 8: Notice List to Utilities, Public Officials, ISDs and DoD
Attachment 9: Fort Stockton Pioneer Newspaper Ad
Attachment 10: TPWD Letter

Updated routing maps

The alternative route segments and directly affected properties can be viewed via the interactive mapping tool and the links to PDFs below. These maps are also called “Attachment 4" in the CCN application.

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.

 

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