COLLINESVILLE — After five years of work, green energy created by wind turbines in West Texas and the Panhandle is reaching the North Texas area. Crews are working on the final section of transmission lines that will connect the renewable energy with the market in the Sherman-Denison area and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
“This line is bringing that power to market,” said Oncor Local Area Manager Todd Thompson. “Previously, even though there are a ton of windmills out in West Texas, there was no way to get the power to where it’s needed.”
The last leg travels from Krum to Anna, but swoops up through southern Grayson County before turning back into Collin. The new line will terminate at a substation in Anna that feeds the Metroplex and the local area.
“This is just a small portion of a major project in the state of Texas to bring the green power from West Texas to the consumer,” Thompson said.
In 2008, the Public Utility Commission of Texas dedicated $4.93 billion to get the green energy to highly populated areas of the state. Thompson said expansion is part of a project called Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, or CREZ. Seven transmission and distribution companies, including Oncor, were involved in the expansion of lines.
The final section to Anna is expected to be put into service in December. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next few months,” Thompson said.
The line will be capable of carrying 345,000 volts of electricity. Thompson said, for consumers the expansion will mean “a more diversified fuel mix.” Ultimately that will lead to more stability in electric prices because they are impacted less by fluctuations in the price of a single fuel source.