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LCRA TSC projects will “storm harden” area transmission lines

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January 28, 2021

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LLANO AND BURNET COUNTIES, Texas – Construction is set to begin in February on projects to increase the reliability and resiliency of transmission lines that travel through Horseshoe Bay and Granite Shoals.

The $11.6 million projects by the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation will storm harden more than 7.5 miles of high-voltage transmission lines to make them better able to withstand extreme conditions such as wind, ice and other weather-related issues. Upgraded lines can help minimize outages, restoration times and restoration costs.

Large construction equipment, bucket trucks and cranes will be used in the project, and traffic may occasionally be stopped for brief periods on roads under the lines as the work progresses. Construction will take place from early February through mid-May.

The project will replace or rebuild more than two dozen structures and the associated conductor on lines that run from the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant substation to the Wirtz Dam substation, and from the Sherwood Shores substation to the Wirtz Dam substation. The work will help ensure the lines meet infrastructure protection requirements from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

About LCRA and LCRA TSC
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations.

In 2002, LCRA created LCRA Transmission Services Corporation as a nonprofit corporation for transmission operations. LCRA TSC has invested more than $3.6 billion in transmission projects to meet the growing demand for electricity, improve reliability, connect new generating capacity, address congestion problems that affect the competitive market and help move renewable energy to the market. For more information, visit lcra.org.

Media Contact
Clara Tuma
512–578–3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org