(Jan. 15, 2010) In a decision reported by several online business journals, state District Judge Stephen Yelenosky today ordered a reversal of Public Utility Commission of Texas’ award of billions of dollars in transmission line projects. The City of Garland had sued PUC, charging that the agency failed to consider the interests of electric customers and the advantages of publicly owned utilities in awarding the Competitive Renewal Energy Zone contracts.
Judge Yelenosky ordered the suspension of further development in all CREZ projects until PUC submits a complete cost/benefit analysis for each project.
The City of Garland sued PUC because they had granted CREZ contracts to out –of- state and foreign corporations over publicly owned local utilities, despite recommendations by PUC staff.
In an earlier letter to parties in the case, Judge Yelenosky declared, "PUC relied on factors that are not relevant to providing transmission capacity in a manner most beneficial and cost-effective to electric customers and based its decision on underlying findings that lack substantial evidence."
If the CREZ line applications are to be subject to rigorous cost/benefit analysis, the extra $75 million the Mason route would add to the McCamey/Twin Buttes line will surely be considered.