Lone Star Transmission energizes 330 miles of new 345-kilovolt transmission
lines in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lone Star Transmission, LLC, a
rate-regulated transmission service provider in Texas, and an indirect
wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), today announced
that it has completed energization of approximately 330 miles of new
345-kilovolt (kv) transmission lines and associated transmission facilities.
The project, which includes four circuits and five substations, stretches from
Scurry County, northwest of Abilene to Navarro County, just south of Dallas.
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"To enhance the reliability of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
(ERCOT) transmission grid and help ensure customers have access to affordable
power, transmission lines like the ones we have just energized are critical to
Texas' energy future," said Lone Star Transmission President Mike Grable.
"This project, delivered on-time and under budget, will benefit Texans for
decades to come. We look forward to exploring new opportunities that will
further strengthen the transmission grid and grow the Texas economy."
Lone Star's transmission lines are one part of a transmission grid improvement
program that will add approximately 2,300 miles of 345-kv lines to deliver
power from the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in west Texas and the
Texas panhandle to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and other population centers in
Texas. The CREZ initiative is an unprecedented effort that has placed Texas in
the forefront of a national effort to promote renewable energy, enhance the
Texas economy, introduce competition and innovation, and strengthen the
reliability of the ERCOT electric grid.
Lone Star Transmission is the first new transmission utility to energize its
CREZ facilities. Utilizing more than 2,500 spun concrete monopoles, Lone Star
was able to reduce the project's visual impact and land needs without adding
In addition to enhancing the reliability of the ERCOT electric grid, the Lone
Star Transmission project has had a meaningful impact on local economies by
creating jobs and increasing direct and indirect economic activity, as well as
improving local tax revenues.
Approximately 900 construction jobs were created during the roughly three-year
construction period. With headquarters and control centers in Austin, Texas
and field offices in Hillsboro and Abilene, Texas, Lone Star Transmission now
employs nearly 40 people to operate the transmission lines and associated
facilities in a safe and reliable manner.
Further, this project will generate significant new tax revenues. The property
improvements are expected to generate property tax payments in excess of $10
million in the first full year of operation alone.
About Lone Star Transmission
Lone Star Transmission, LLC, is a rate-regulated transmission service provider
in Texas that owns and operates approximately 330 miles of high-voltage
transmission lines, and associated equipment, that stretches from Scurry
County, northwest of Abilene to Navarro County just south of Dallas. Lone Star
Transmission is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit
SOURCE Lone Star Transmission, LLC
Contact: Lone Star Transmission, LLC Media Line, (888) 867-3050
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