Public Utility Commission Approval of Settlement Agreements for Route of Major Lubbock Power & Light Transmission Line Delayed
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope, attorneys with Lubbock Power and Light, and attorneys representing numerous landowners appeared before the Public Utility Commission in Austin on Friday morning.
The appearance was intended to get landowner settlements for the route of a major LP&L transmission line approved by the PUC. However, the PUC disagreed with a proposed route segment that would have the electrical transmission line cross over the site of the proposed Lake 7 in southeast Lubbock. Lake 7 would be bordered to the west by East Loop 289 and bordered to the south by Southeast Drive.
Mayor Pope and LP&L’s attorney agreed to have the City of Lubbock absorb an additional $2.4 million dollars in costs to re-route the transmission line around Lake 7 (presumably to the east of Lake 7).
The PUC asked the City of Lubbock, LP&L, and the attorneys for the landowners, to have all of their 'ducks in a row' before the PUC’s next meeting on January 16, 2020. At that time the PUC could approve the amended route of the Wadsworth to Farmland 345kV transmission line.
PUC Commissioners and the LP&L attorney acknowledged during Friday's meeting that any further delays past the January 2020 PUC meeting could delay LP&L’s scheduled June 2021 entry into ERCOT.