PUC approves wind transmission line near Amarillo

PUC approves wind transmission line near Amarillo
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POSTED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:24am

UPDATED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 9:18pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Public Utility Commission has
approved a $190 million wind energy transmission line route planned
near Amarillo.
The three-member commission Wednesday unanimously approved the
plan by Sharyland Utilities L.P. that will loop west and north of
Amarillo.
Critics of the 91-mile route raised environmental and
residential concerns. The project will involve electric
transmission towers about 125 feet high and spaced 1,000 feet
apart.
The Amarillo Globe-News reported Thursday that the PUC approval
includes some latitude for landowners to negotiate small changes if
there are savings, such as using single poles instead of towers.
Rancher William Seewald says it still means there will be "a
huge swath of destroyed grassland and endangered creeks and
streams."
Sharyland spokeswoman Jeanne Phillips says construction should
begin in the spring and take about 18 months.
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Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com


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As if we don't already have transmission towers criss-crossing the state *rolleyes* At least wind power doesn't kill pecan trees, and give our kids autism!

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