Cooks Point Transmission Project

Example transmission structure for proposed project.

The Cooks Point Transmission Project is designed to bring transmission infrastructure and long-term electric reliability to a growing area of Burleson County in Texas. The proposed project includes construction of a new 138-kilovolt (kV) load-serving substation near Cooks Point and a new 138-kV transmission line connecting to an existing substation, either Lyle Wolz or Lyons. In order to provide this essential service, LCRA Transmission Services Corporation is preparing an application for an amendment to its existing Certificate of Convenience and Necessity filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.


Project Updates

May 31, 2018
Application filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas
LCRA TSC filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) on May 31 to amend its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Cooks Point 138-kV Transmission Line Project. The application includes data on 26 alternative routes that range from approximately 17 to 23 miles long and are estimated to cost from $35 to $44 million (including the proposed transmission and substation facilities). 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 on LCRA TSC’s part as to which route is ultimately approved. All routes, route segments and substation sites 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. 48358 is July 16, 2018. If approved by the PUC, the transmission line and Cooks Point Substation are scheduled to be energized by May 2021.

  • Attachments to the CCN application:
    • Environmental Assessment and Alternative Route Analysis [PDF]
    • Appendix C to the Environmental Assessment includes two topographic maps of the primary alternative routes [PDF]
    • Appendix D to the Environmental Assessment includes two aerial maps of habitable structures and other land use features in the vicinity of the primary alternative routes [PDF]
    • Appendix F to the Environmental Assessment includes environmental data for the primary route evaluation [PDF]
  • In conjunction with filing the application, LCRA TSC mailed letters to all landowners whose land is crossed by an alternative route or who own property located within at least 300 feet of an alternative route. The notices include information about how those property owners can participate in the proceeding. LCRA TSC also provided notices to municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials.
  • Newspaper notice (To publish in the Burleson County Tribune on June 7)

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.


Jan. 30, 2018
Open house materials
LCRA TSC hosted an open house Jan. 30 in Caldwell, Texas to share information with the public and answer questions about the project.


Jan. 18, 2018
Public Open House in Caldwell on Jan. 30
Representatives from LCRA TSC and URS, the routing consulting firm, will be available to answer questions and discuss specific aspects of the project. The open house will be on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Caldwell Civic Center, 103 Highway 21 West, Caldwell, TX 77836.

Oct. 23, 2017
Study area map now available
LCRA TSC's consultant, URS, delineated the project study area and has begun additional data collection and constraint mapping. Click to view the study area map.

Consultation letters are out
LCRA TSC sent letters to local, state and federal agencies asking for information that could affect a transmission line route in the study area. Read the letter.


Key links

Contact

Justin Stryker
LCRA Regulatory Case Manager
512-730-6803
Justin.Stryker@lcra.org