Updates on industrial wind and transmission developments will be featured at an informational meeting hosted by Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHCE). The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Central Texas Electric Cooperative Community Room at 386 Friendship Lane in Fredericksburg. Soft drinks will be served.
The presentations are consistent with SOSHCE’s on-going efforts to actively monitor industrial wind and transmission developments and to help keep landowners, public officials and others informed. The meeting is particularly timely as extension of the federal production tax credit for industrial wind beyond year-end is again being debated. Updates will also be provided on wind development activities in the Hill Country and across the state. Information will be provided on a new wind farm near Goldthwaite that is to be completed by the end of 2013 and that will include new technology turbines that can exceed 550 feet in height.
Transmission developments will be presented as well. An update on the anticipated year-end completion of the construction of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission lines that are now expected to cost $6.8 billion will be covered. Those lines include the high voltage line that has been constructed along Interstate 10 through the Kerrville and Junction areas.
SOSHCE’s on-going efforts to monitor transmission planning activities will be discussed. Included will be the proposed new LCRA TSC substation in the Blumenthal area east of Fredericksburg and the interconnecting transmission line from either Kendall or Blanco counties. The twenty year Long Term Study that has been conducted by ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, will also be addressed with particular emphasis on potential impacts on this area.
The featured presentations will be preceded by a brief annual meeting of the SOSHCE organization which will include election of seven Directors and submittal of an annual report on operations. The report will summarize key activities for the past year which include those related to opposing industrial wind development as well as the related transmission lines in the Hill Country.
More Information on SOSHCE and on transmission lines and industrial wind development is available on the group’s website, soshillcountry.org.