Sharyland Utilities moving forward with CREZ project

Sherry Kunka, Hunt Transmission Services
Sherry Kunka, Hunt Transmission Services

by Larry Lemmons
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Sharyland Utilities is moving forward with its part of the CREZ transmission project.

The project is a renewable energy grid that is being constructed around the state.  CREZ stands for competitive renewable energy zone.  It became possible as a bill cleared the legislature at the end of the last regular session.

The transmission grid will use wind energy from wind farms.  Sharyland is constructing the Panhandle A line, or horses head line.

Right now they're considering various transmission routes and talking to landowners.  One thing they need to consider are geographical barriers such as Palo Duro Canyon.

Sherry Kunka of Hunt Transmission Services says, "A lot of things have to be taken into consideration, topography, water use, playa lakes, irrigation systems. So there's a lot of work that has to be done as we go about selecting the best routes for those transmission lines."

The company says public hearings will begin in late summer or early fall so potential transmission routes can be determined and landowners can express concerns they may have.

The company says if all goes as planned, the approximately $350 million dollar project could begin in early 2011.