Little Fanfare for the Texas $7 Billion Clean-Energy Project

The last legs of a 3,600-mile system of transmission lines bringing wind-generated electricity from West Texas to the state’s urban areas will be finished by the end of the year with little or no fanfare. The project — perhaps the state’s largest clean-energy investment — is getting little public notice from state authorities because of past controversies that helped add $2 billion to the cost, or that the final verdict on the overall benefit is still out because the 18,450 megawatt system comes on-line at half capacity. Or perhaps officials don’t want to draw attention to the $5 to $10 monthly increase that is coming to the electricity bills for the millions of customers of the state’s primary electricity grid.

11/02 American-Statesman

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