Sharyland Utilities believes energy infrastructure is critical to ensuring the continued economic development and prosperity that Texas currently enjoys. We also believe that more creative thinking will be required to meet Texas' electric needs in the 21st century. In particular, transmission projects need to move more quickly from conceptual ideas into functioning infrastructure that provides benefits to customers.
ERCOT designated Sharyland Utilities as the transmission provider to install the first ever synchronous condensers in Texas to help push the renewable energy generated from the CREZ lines in the Panhandle. The two synchronous condensers are connected to Sharyland's 345kV Alibates and Tule Canyon substations. They are expected to come into service in mid-2018.
In 2013, Sharyland Utilities completed construction and energization of approximately 300 miles of electric transmission facilities, including four collection stations and five 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line segments in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains as part of the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) process. In 2015 with increased amounts of wind generation entering the market, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) directed Sharyland to file an application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to add a second circuit on several of the same transmission line towers which were originally constructed with a single circuit. Sharyland filed its CCN on February 26, 2016, under Docket No. 45622. On August 25, 2016, the PUCT issued a signed Final Order approving the second circuit.
In September 2014, Sharyland Utilities proposed an ERCOT Transmission Solution in response to Lubbock Power & Light's Request for Proposal (RFP) NO. 7128-14-EUA: LP&L Capacity and Energy Supply Services. Please click on the link below to view Sharyland's proposal.
At the August and September, 2016 ERCOT Regional Planning Group meetings, Sharyland presented updates of the wind generation interconnection activity in the Panhandle region, providing numerous transmission expansion options to accommodate the increases in generation capacity. This assessment of the Panhandle region spans system strength, power flow, dynamic stability, and production cost based economic assessments. Ultimately, Sharyland is recommending the South Plains Transmission Project as the preferred option to address the future needs of the Panhandle region providing the highest Panhandle export capability among all the options evaluated.