To: Chairman Barry Smitherman
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Re: Docket # 37049
Dear Chairman Smitherman,
In a San Antonio Express-News article dated June 18, 2010, State Senator Troy Fraser is reported as calling for a review by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas of the entire Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project, ‘in light of decreases in natural gas prices and in investments in wind farms in West Texas and the Panhandle.’ He is quoted directly; "Market conditions have changed dramatically."
Senator Fraser was sponsor of Senate Bill 20, which created the CREZ program. His Senate District 24 ironically is the area most affected by CREZ transmission lines, facing clear cut rights of way and giant lattice towers from Taylor County in the north to Kerr County in the south. Our Hill Country counties have been reduced to trying to push the lines off on our neighbors to try to save ourselves.
State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky ordered PUC in January, 2010, to suspend the CREZ program pending review. He was basically ignored by the PUC. Now Senator Fraser calls for a similar review. What will it finally take to stop this unpopular and unnecessary program?
The CREZ program should be reviewed now, with a aim of termination, before pending cases cost our citizens any more money and anguish.
Mason County News
Senator Troy Fraser
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky