New infrastructure is vital to building a safer, smarter, more reliable electric grid.
To find out more information about Oncor transmission line projects, please visit www.oncor.com/transmissionprojects.
-Autry W., Oncor CREZ Expert
While Oncor doesn’t bury major transmission lines due to the cost of installation, maintenance, and repair required, it does bury a substantial amount of the new distribution lines that are installed. However, there are several factors that must be considered on both new and existing electrical equipment or facilities. For example, in some cases it is not physically possible to install underground facilities due to obstructions or space considerations for the associated equipment. Also, due to the cost involved in materials and installation, it is not always economically feasible to install underground facilities.
Transmission lines are the high voltage conductors that move electricity from power plants to distribution systems, which deliver power to customers. Adequate transmission capability is essential for electric reliability and to serve growing population and foster economic growth.
-Wes S., Oncor Transmission Expert
During the route identification stage for a new project, Oncor typically schedules one or more public meetings in order to: 1) address questions from landowners and other interested parties about the proposed project; and 2) solicit information from the community about the project area. Oncor also establishes a project-specific message line where interested parties can leave a message for an Oncor representative who will return the call.Once an application for a project is filed at the PUCT, there are several ways to participate in the process. For more information, click here.
New transmission facilities must be constructed in order to keep pace with the increasing demand for electricity in Texas. Without new facilities, the existing system could overload, causing significant power outages, especially during high-demand times or the loss of existing transmission lines during a storm, for example. Likewise, if transmission capacity is not available to import electricity from distant generation resources, higher cost generation facilities will be required, potentially leading to higher electricity prices for consumers and increased environmental impact.
Autry W., Oncor CREZ Expert
Transmission lines are the structures and high-voltage wires that move electricity from power plants to distribution systems, which then deliver the electricity at lower voltages to consumers.
Wes S., Oncor Transmission Expert
In order to ensure reliability and comply with state regulations, Oncor builds transmission lines and substations to help deliver electricity from generating plants to customers in the northern, western and central regions of the state. It’s our job to make sure that the delivery system keeps up with demand.