January 11, 2018
A $25 million proposal for up to five miles of electric transmission lines and an accompanying substation near McKinney, Allen and Plano was turned down by the PUC on Thursday.
The proposal from Brazos Electric Cooperative called for more than two and up to five miles of transmission lines to serve rapidly growing areas of Collin County, north of Dallas by running new lines along State Highway 121.
The Kittyhawk project was aimed at easing the load at Brazos’ Craig Ranch, Custer and Lebanon substations, which Brazos said in 2016 will soon reach their capacity.
It would have included a five-acre substation in the city of Allen, for a total cost estimated at $25 million.
Following public hearings that included one on Thursday that included objections from landowners, public officials and others , the Public Utility Commission of Texas voted against the proposal.
Dallas-area state Representative Jeff Leach spearheaded a campaign against the project, saying Thursday that the PUC ruling is the result of teamwork.by citizens who were concerned that the cost of the Kittyhawk project would be shouldered by electricity customers via increased electricity bills.
“As the elected State Representative who represents this important corridor of land, I was proud to take part in this process by speaking out, advocating and working against this project – one that could have resulted in
devastating economic impacts to our region.”