Garland’s claims about electric project disputed


Press releases by the city of Garland claiming that a court ruling halts a huge $5 billion project to build transmission lines from West Texas wind farms to urban areas is being vigorously disputed by others. Representatives of the Texas Public Utility Commission and Oncor Electric Delivery take issue with a Garland news release Jan. 15 that declared that the ruling meant that "further transmission line development" in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project "must be suspended until the PUC properly weighs the costs and benefits to electricity consumers." After the Garland press release was issued, the Houston Chronicle reported that the judge’s ruling "will freeze billions of dollars of work on new high-voltage power lines." PUC spokesman Terry Hadley said Yelenosky’s ruling will be reviewed by the three-member commission at its 9:30 a.m. Friday meeting in Austin. The judge’s ruling challenged only "a small sliver of the commission order," with the result that there "will be minor issues that the commission will need to revisit," Hadley said. Catherine Cuellar, a spokeswoman for Oncor, the major transmission and distribution company serving North Texas, said it is "optimistic" that the judge’s ruling "won’t cause any delay" in its 14 transmission-line projects, valued at $1.4 billion and covering 850 miles of new power lines. The judge’s ruling "was very narrow" in its scope, Cuellar said. Read more about City of Garland Appeal.