The Texas economy has sputtered amid a prolonged national recession, but there seems to be at least one growth industry on the horizon in the Lone Star State -- electric power line construction.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state’s power grid, said Monday that it is reviewing electricity transmission projects totaling $8.2 billion over the next five years. The new projects would add 5,729 circuit miles of transmission.
Fostering demand for a major expansion are a rebounding economy, continued population growth, new electric power generation plants, and a need to transport renewable wind energy from sparsely populated West Texas to Dallas-Fort Worth and other heavily urbanized regions.
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