Tribpedia: Crez Transmission Lines

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The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission lines are a response to a directive by the Texas Legislature passed in 2005. To reach the renewable energy goals set by the Legislature and support the growing wind industry in Texas, the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) created a plan to identify areas with potential wind capacity, the CREZ, and build a ...

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Tax Credit for Texas Wind Could Lapse

A wind farm near Abeline, TX, April 5, 2011
A wind farm near Abeline, TX, April 5, 2011
Texas Weekly

Swift renewal of a generous federal tax incentive for wind energy producers appears unlikely after Congress directed most of its recent attention to finding a way to turn the government back on. But the industry may not fare as bad this year as it has in the past.

Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.
Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.

$7 Billion CREZ Project Nears Finish, Aiding Wind Power

Developers expect to soon flip the switch on the final electrical transmission projects built under a nearly $7 billion effort to connect Texas' windiest, mostly secluded regions to communities that demand more power.

Grid technicians monitor screens at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' new state-of-the-art backup control center in Bastrop.
Grid technicians monitor screens at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' new state-of-the-art backup control center in Bastrop.

Texas Ranks High for Electric Grid Improvements

A new report ranks Texas first out of 41 states for improvements in its electric grid. But that doesn't mean electricity prices are lower for most Texans — or that the grid doesn't face serious challenges.

Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Jon Wellinghoff: The TT Interview

The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on managing wind energy, how electric cars could change the grid and what he's learned by monitoring his electricity consumption at home .

Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.
Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.

Wind Power Transmission Lines Rise Across Texas

Workers are stringing thousands of miles of wires across Texas to aid the wind-power boom, despite lingering controversy — and an estimated cost of $6.8 billion. West Texas businesses have found a niche providing for  workers.

Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas
Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas

Donna Nelson: The TT Interview

The chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission on how close Texas came to rolling blackouts this summer, what consumers can expect to pay as wind-power transmission expands, and how the historic drought affects the reliability of the power grid. 

Texas OKs New Wind Power Transmission Lines

At the heart of Texas' wind-power boom lies a conundrum: Plenty of ranchers are eager to host wind turbines but few want to allow the unsightly high-voltage transmission lines needed to carry the power to distant cities. But state regulators are moving forward — and yesterday they approved a contentious project that runs through the Hill Country.

An electrical substation in Comfort, Texas.
An electrical substation in Comfort, Texas.

Texas PUC Moves Forward on Hill Country Power Line

Despite opposition from Hill Country landowners, the Texas Public Utility Commission declined to throw out one of the proposed wind-power transmission lines through Hill Country during an open meeting this morning.

New turbines tower over an old windmill at the Whirlwind wind
farm, near Floydada
New turbines tower over an old windmill at the Whirlwind wind farm, near Floydada

Series Explores Texas' Transmission Lines for Wind

This week, the Tribune put together a three-part series exploring the state's $5 billion transmission-line build-out to support wind power, which is mostly generated in West Texas but needs to be shipped to cities in Central and East Texas. The project is known as CREZ, short for Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.

New turbines tower over an old windmill at the Whirlwind wind
farm, near Floydada
New turbines tower over an old windmill at the Whirlwind wind farm, near Floydada

Remoteness a Hurdle in Harvesting Panhandle's Winds

While West Texas has become the nation's wind-power hub, the Panhandle's ferocious winds go largely untapped. That could change with a slew of proposed transmission line projects that could, in turn, enable forests of turbines — if landowners can be soothed. Part three of a three-part series.

Texas' Wind Transmission Project Keeps Rolling

Texas already harvests more wind power than any state in the nation, bringing the promise of clean energy to millions of homes and businesses. Trouble is, getting that power from remote, windy West Texas to the big cities requires a massive, $5 billion network of transmission lines — which property owners in the Hill County and elsewhere don't want in their back yards. As construction gets under way on the new lines, an army of lawyers and angry landowners is working to stymie the state's renewable energy plans. Part one of a three-part series.

There are three electric grids in the continental United States. A project in New Mexico called Tres Amigas plans to interlink all three.
There are three electric grids in the continental United States. A project in New Mexico called Tres Amigas plans to interlink all three.

Project to Connect Grids Raises Questions

Texas has always operated its own electricity grid, separate from the two other grids that span the rest of the nation. But a project quietly emerging in eastern New Mexico could curb that independence — and affect energy prices here in ways that remain much in dispute.