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North McCamey to Sand Lake Transmission Project

LCRA TSC and Oncor are jointly proposing to build and operate a new 345-kilovolt transmission line to improve reliability and accommodate future demand and generating capacity growth in West Texas. The new transmission line is planned for portions of Crane, Crockett, Pecos, Reeves, Upton and Ward counties. It will connect LCRA TSC’s existing North McCamey Substation in Upton County with Oncor’s existing Sand Lake Substation in Reeves County, which are about 75 miles apart.

The project requires LCRA TSC and Oncor to amend their certificates of convenience and necessity (CCNs) with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. As part of the process, LCRA TSC and Oncor will seek input from state and local elected officials and various agencies to identify routing constraints to help determine potential locations for new transmission facilities and assess the project’s potential impacts. LCRA TSC and ONCOR will hold open houses for the public to learn more about the project and provide their feedback.

Latest Update – September 2022

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) Board of Directors recently designated the project critical to reliability of the ERCOT system. Projects designated as “critical” are considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on an expedited basis. LCRA TSC and Oncor plan to file their joint CCN application by June 2023.

Example transmission structure for proposed project.

Project Timeline

2022
August ERCOT Board designates project as Tier 1 critical status
September-December LCRA TSC/Oncor identify preliminary alternate route segments
2023
January Public open houses (exact dates TBD)
Spring/Summer Expected filing of application for CCN amendments
Winter PUC approval and final route determination
2026
TBD Estimated project in-service date

Contact

Justin Stryker, LCRA Senior Regulatory Case Manager
512-730-6803
[email protected]