An Austin-based agency wants to build power lines through Kerr and Gillespie counties, and potentially Kimble as well. 

The Lower Colorado River Authority on Friday formally asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to approve its Mountain Home Transmission Project. LCRA’s filing of an amended certificate of convenience and necessity with PUC comes days after west Kerr County residents met with representatives of LCRA and the Central Texas Electric Cooperative to request a delay of or halt to the project.

No proposed route has been finalized for the project, which is estimated to cost $64 to $77 million. Plans are in the works for 40 alternative routes ranging from 21 to 30 miles long. 

The project, intended to bring transmission infrastructure to growing areas in Gillespie, Kimble and Kerr counties, involves building a line to connect either the existing Hunt Substation on River Road or the existing Ingram Substation on Texas 27 to the new Mountain Home Substation and the existing Harper Substation near U.S. 290 and Ranch Road 2093. The PUC would determine the actual route. 

Those with questions about the project can call LCRA TSC at 800-776-5272, ext. 2690.

 The CCN application can be reviewed in person at the Gillespie County Courthouse and Kerr County Courthouse.

The deadline to intervene in the PUC docket is July 15, and letters from anyone requesting to intervene should be received by the PUC by that date. People affected by the proposed project who wish to intervene or comment on LCRA’s application can mail their original request to intervene and 10 copies, or mail their original comments and 10 copies, to:

Public Utility Commission of Texas Central Records

Attn: Filing Clerk

1701 N. Congress Ave.

P.O. Box 13326

Austin, Texas 78711-3326

People who wish to intervene in the docket must also mail a copy of their request for intervention to all parties in the docket and all people who have pending motions to intervene, at or before the time the request for intervention is mailed to the PUC. The only way to fully participate in the PUC’s decision on where to locate the transmission line is to intervene in the docket.

A comprehensive article about this topic will appear in Tuesday’s edition of The Kerrville Daily Times.

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