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Transmission Line Approval Process

Transmission Line Approval Process

An ongoing process, transmission planning involves continuous internal system review as well as coordination with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for managing and operating a significant portion of our state’s transmission grid. The approval process begins following the identification of a need to expand the system, which occurs through the transmission system planning process. While the planning and approval process varies from project to project, it typically involves four steps:

  1. Determining the need for a new line
  2. Engineering, routing and environmental assessment
  3. Application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity
  4. Post-approval and pre-construction

Click here for a graphic illustration of how the licensing process works.

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