Dec 9 U.S. power company American Electric Power
Co Inc said on Monday its Electric Transmission Texas
venture energized the last of seven transmission line projects
associated with the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in
The CREZ initiative involves nine transmission companies,
including Electric Transmission Texas, constructing 2,400 miles
of power lines to carry 18,500 megawatts of west Texas wind
generation to major load centers in the Electric Reliability
Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT operates the power grid for most
One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes.
All CREZ projects are scheduled for completion by the end of
2013, AEP said.
Electric Transmission Texas is a joint venture between AEP
and Berkshire Hathaway Inc's MidAmerican Energy
The venture energized the 345-kilovolt Edith Clarke to
Cottonwood line, which cost about $175.4 million to build, on
Dec. 4, AEP said in a release.
Overall, Electric Transmission Texas has invested about $1.5
billion in CREZ lines, AEP said, noting the venture energized
the first of the seven CREZ lines in August.