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Wickett to Wolf 138 kV Transmission Line Project Virtual Public Meeting

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    Wickett to Wolf 138 kV Transmission Line Project

    Thank you for your participation in our online engagement! The entire session should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. This virtual public meeting consists of written and visual materials about the project for your review. The virtual public meeting materials will be posted online on July 2, 2020 and will remain available online through the comment period deadline of July 16, 2020.

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    Welcome

    Meeting Purpose

    The purpose of this virtual public meeting is to display and gather input on preliminary routing links for a proposed 138 kV transmission line to replace the existing TNMP 69 kV Wickett to Oncor Yucca transmission line in Ward County, Texas.

    This public meeting gives area landowners and other interested parties the opportunity to provide input regarding the preliminary transmission line links. At the end of this virtual presentation there will be a questionnaire about the project and you will have the opportunity to make comments on the project, ask questions, and express any concerns you might have about the proposed preliminary transmission line links.

    Project Team

    Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) retained HDR, Inc. (HDR) to prepare this Environmental Assessment and Routing Study (EA) to support the application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) for the proposed project.


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    Who We Are

    Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP)

    Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) is an electricity transmission and distribution service provider:

    • We provide electricity to more than 255,000 homes and businesses throughout Texas.
    • Our headquarters is in Lewisville, Texas, with about 400 employees in more than 20 communities, including Texas City, throughout the state.
    • We are a subsidiary of PNM Resources Inc.
    • Our formal name is Texas-New Mexico Power Co., but we now serve only Texas.

    Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 650+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 8 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Texas Legislature.


    Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)

    The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is the state agency that was created by the Texas Legislature to provide statewide regulation of the rates and services of electric and telecommunications utilities.

    Project Description

    Where is the project happening and what is taking place?

    Project description

    Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) plans to construct a 138 kV transmission line to replace the existing TNMP 69 kV Wickett to Oncor Yucca transmission line in Ward County, Texas. Additionally, TNMP will relocate the termination from the Yucca Substation to the Wolf Substation approximately 1.5 miles to the east to a new point of interconnection between TNMP and Oncor at Oncor’s Wolf Substation in Ward County, Texas.

    This area of Texas is the most active shale oil producing region in the United States, and the Wickett to Wolf project is necessary to support the related work in the area. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the regional transmission organization responsible for overseeing the adequate supply of electricity for 80 percent of Texas, designated this project to continue electric reliability in the region. This transmission line project will directly support the area’s economic development and ensure reliable electric service to commercial and residential customers.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Project Location

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    PUC Process

    Public Utility Commission Certification Process for Transmission Lines

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    Agency List

    Numerous federal, state, and local regulatory agencies have rules and regulations regarding the routing process and potential impact assessment associated with construction of high voltage electrical transmission lines. HDR and TNMP have requested comments in regards to this project from the following regulatory agencies.

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    • FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
    • FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
    • NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
    • U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
    • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SITING CLEARINGHOUSE
    • U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
    • U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
    • TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
    • TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT)
    • TXDOT ODESSA DISTRICT
    • TXDOT DIVISION OF AVIATION
    • TXDOT ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
    • TXDOT PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
    • TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE
    • TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
    • TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
    • TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT - WILDLIFE DIVERSITY PROGRAM
    • TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD
    • TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION
    • WARD COUNTY
    • CITY OF MONAHANS
    • MONAHANS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
    • CITY OF THORNTONVILLE
    • CITY OF WICKETT
    • ROY HURD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
    • MONAHANS WICKETT PYOTE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Routing Considerations

    A study area boundary was identified and comprehensive data collection activities were initiated. Available data were mapped to identify existing conditions and to determine potential conflicts that would result from the proposed 138 kV transmission line construction.

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    TNMP WICKETT TO WOLF 138 KV TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT
    ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE CRITERIA FOR TRANSMISSION LINE EVALUATION

    • LENGTH OF ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
    • NUMBER OF HABITABLE STRUCTURES1 WITHIN 300 FEET OF ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF PARCELS CROSSED BY ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
    • LENGTH OF ROW USING EXISTING TRANSMISSION LINE ROW
    • LENGTH OF ROW PARALLEL TO EXISTING TRANSMISSION LINE ROW
    • LENGTH OF ROW PARALLEL TO OTHER COMPATIBLE EXISTING ROW (HIGHWAYS, PUBLIC ROADWAYS, RAILWAYS, ETC. - EXCLUDING PIPELINES)
    • LENGTH OF ROW PARALLEL TO APPARENT PROPERTY LINES
    • PERCENTAGE OF ROW PARALLEL TO EXISTING COMPATIBLE CORRIDORS AND APPARENT PROPERTY BOUNDARIES (EXCLUDING PIPELINES)
    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH PARKS/RECREATIONAL AREAS
    • NUMBER OF PARKS/RECREATIONAL AREAS CROSSED BY ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL PARKS/RECREATIONAL AREAS WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF ROW CENTERLINE
    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH CROPLAND
    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH PASTURE/RANGELAND
    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH LAND IRRIGATED BY TRAVELING SYSTEMS (ROLLING OR PIVOT TYPE)
    • NUMBER OF TRANSMISSION PIPELINE CROSSINGS
    • NUMBER OF TRANSMISSION LINE CROSSINGS
    • NUMBER OF US AND STATE HIGHWAY CROSSINGS
    • NUMBER OF FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD CROSSINGS
    • NUMBER OF CEMETERIES WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF FAA REGISTERED AIRPORTS WITH AT LEAST ONE RUNWAY MORE THAN 3,200 FEET IN LENGTH LOCATED WITHIN 20,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF FAA REGISTERED AIRPORTS HAVING NO RUNWAY MORE THAN 3,200 FEET IN LENGTH LOCATED WITHIN 10,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF PRIVATE AIRSTRIPS WITHIN 10,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF HELIPORTS WITHIN 5,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF FM RADIO TRANSMITTERS, MICROWAVE TOWERS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC INSTALLATIONS WITHIN 2,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF COMMERCIAL AM RADIO TRANSMITTERS WITHIN 10,000 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF RECORDED WATER WELLS WITHIN 200 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF RECORDED OIL AND GAS WELLS WITHIN 200 FEET OF THE ROW CENTERLINE

    • ESTIMATED LENGTH OF ROW WITHIN THE FOREGROUND VISUAL ZONE OF US AND STATE HIGHWAYS
    • ESTIMATED LENGTH OF ROW WITHIN THE FOREGROUND VISUAL ZONE OF FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS
    • ESTIMATED LENGTH OF ROW WITHIN THE FOREGROUND VISUAL ZONE OF PARKS/RECREATIONAL AREAS

    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH UPLAND WOODLANDS
    • LENGTH OF ROW THROUGH BOTTOMLAND/RIPARIAN WOODLANDS
    • LENGTH OF ROW ACROSS MAPPED NATIONAL WETLAND INVENTORY WETLANDS AND PLAYA LAKES
    • LENGTH OF ROW ACROSS KNOWN HABITAT OF FEDERALLY LISTED ENDANGERED OR THREATENED SPECIES
    • LENGTH OF ROW ACROSS OPEN WATER (LAKES, PONDS)
    • NUMBER OF STREAM CROSSINGS
    • NUMBER OF RIVER CROSSINGS
    • LENGTH OF ROW PARALLEL (WITHIN 100 FEET) TO STREAMS OR RIVERS
    • LENGTH OF ROW ACROSS 100-YEAR FLOODPLAINS

    • NUMBER OF ARCHEOLOGICAL OR HISTORICAL SITES CROSSED BY ROW
    • NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL OR HISTORICAL SITES WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF ROW CENTERLINE
    • NUMBER OF NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES LISTED PROPERTIES CROSSED BY ROW
    • NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES LISTED PROPERTIES WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF ROW CENTERLINE
    • LENGTH OF ROW ACROSS AREAS OF HIGH ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE POTENTIAL

    Constraints Map

    Preliminary transmission line links were identified on an overlay of the composite environmental and land use constraints map. The route links are preliminary line segments developed following field reconnaissance and review of environmental and social constraints. Not all route links will be constructed. Rather, one route will be determined by the PUCT. These preliminary links were developed based upon maximizing the use of routing opportunity areas while avoiding areas of high environmental constraints or conflicting land uses. Recent aerial photography was used as the background of the composite constraints overlay to identify optimal locations for the preliminary transmission line link centerlines.

    Structure Examples

    The proposed construction for the transmission line will utilize a typical structures that are approximately 90 to 100 foot tall steel monopoles in a right-of-way that will be approximately 80 foot wide

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    Construction Timing and Methods

    TNMP plans to file the CCN application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in September of 2020. The PUCT has one year to make a decision on the project; however, the PUCT can issue an order prior to that time. The Company will begin construction upon final approval by the PUCT. TNMP anticipates that the project will be completed no later than August of 2022.

    Surveying

    Surveying of the proposed transmission line ROW is required to locate the centerline, the structure locations, obstacles above and below ground, and the edges of both new and existing ROW.

    Clearing

    Tree and shrub clearing may be needed in areas where new ROW is acquired. If a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required, it will be implemented along the approved route prior to the start of clearing. Mechanized cutters and hand tools will be used to remove impeding vegetation to ground level.

    Structure Placement

    Specialized wide-track vehicles and line trucks with trailers will be used to transport construction materials along the ROW to the structure locations.

    Galvanized steel poles will be delivered to the site location shortly before the poles are ready to be set. A large crane would then set the pole directly into an excavated hole. The hole will be backfilled with native soil or crushed limestone.

    If needed for the dead-end and angled structures, the concrete foundations will be installed several weeks before the steel poles are erected to allow the foundations to cure and reach their maximum strength. The steel poles will be delivered and set next to the proposed structure location shortly before structure erection. The structures will be assembled on-site, and a crane will be used to set the sections into place onto the previously installed foundations.

    Conductor and Static Wire Installation

    Once the structures have been erected, the stringing and clipping-in of conductors and static wires will begin. Outages on the rerouted transmission line are a possibility during the conductor and static wire installation. However, additional outages on other lines that will be crossed during the install are not anticipated. Each road crossing will have temporary guard poles installed for public protection while stringing in the new conductors.

    Cleanup

    Cleanup operations will be performed as construction activities are completed. Cleanup includes removal of debris, unused materials, and trash. Any necessary soil stabilization and reestablishing of vegetative cover will also occur during cleanup, following the procedures dictated in the SWPPP, if required. Pre-construction contours will also be restored following construction.

    Project Schedule

    Transmission Line Project Phases Duration Start Finish
    Submit Study to ERCOT COMPLETE April 2020 April 2020
    ERCOT Review of Project COMPLETE April 2020 May 2020
    Routing Study, Environmental Assessment, and Public Meeting 9 months January 2020 September 2020
    File CCN/PUC Review 12 months September 2020 September 2021
    PUC Approval September 2021 September 2021
    ROW Activities 6 months September 2021 March 2022
    Transmission Construction 3 months April 2022 June 2022


    Acronyms

    ERCOT Electric Reliability Council of Texas
    CCN Certificate of Convenience and Necessity
    PUC Public Utility Commission of Texas
    ROW Right-of-Way

    Right-of-Way and Landowner’s Bill of Rights

    If it is necessary for the transmission line to cross your property, TNMP will make a bona fide offer to the landowner when purchasing right-of-way following the requirements of Texas law and will provide landowners with a copy of the State of Texas Landowner’s Bill of Rights. In cases where the parties do not agree on the value of the property, the land value will be determined in a condemnation proceeding where special commissioners, appointed by a judge, will determine the value of the property following a hearing where all interested parties are entitled to provide evidence of valuation.

    Texas Landowner’s Bill of Rights

    Questionnaire

    Thank you for attending the Wickett to Wolf 138 kV Transmission Line Project Virtual Public Meeting. Please take your time reviewing the available project information. We want to hear from you. Please use one of the available methods to leave us your comments.

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