Amarillo: 'shocking' $77M route lines 166 milesAmarillo: 'shocking' $77M route lines 166 mileshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=123692016-03-08T06:00:00Z2016-03-08T17:45:00Z

​​​​AMARILLO - The towering white turbines are hard to miss in many areas as wind farms continue to sprout, but the production of wind energy in the region is already about to overwhelm some of the lines that take it to the more populated areas of Texas. 

Those lines cost more than $1 billion when completed about three years ago.

Sharyland Utilities, one of the utility companies that completed transmission lines from the Texas Panhandle to the grid serving the rest of the state, is asking to double its capacity on 166 miles of its route.

It filed a request for the $77.4 million project with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. 

As proposed, it would string a second high-voltage line on the towers it installed for the first line, which covered about 300 miles in the western and central Texas Panhandle and into the South Plains at a cost of about $630 million.

The new line will run through Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Deaf Smith, Oldham, Potter and Swisher counties from around Tule Canyon near Silverton to the White Deer vicinity.

Cross Texas Transmission built the other 200 miles of line, mostly in the east and central areas of the Texas Panhandle, at a cost of about $425 million.

The expansion of Sharyland’s capacity will allow it to handle electricity from wind farms that developers will activate in the future, like Exelon Wind’s 300 megawatt Swisher Wind Project.

The wind farm will connect with Sharyland lines in Castro County and should begin commercial operations by December 2017.
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