Recently,  Barry Smitherman, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, asked the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to “thoroughly re-evaluate the need for the Gillespie to Newton transmission line” that has been proposed to carry wind from the competitive renewable energy zones located in West Texas to population centers along the I35 corridor. The proposed Gillespie to Newton transmission line had been slated to run through parts of Llano and Burnet Counties.

In his letter dated June 1, 2010, addressed to Trip Doggett, President and CEO of ERCOT, Smitherman pointed out that several other “transmission lines are planned for or under construction in the general area” which may change the original assumptions regarding the need for the Gillespie to Newton line. Read More About CREZ Lines