Transmission towers going in to deliver wind power to north Texas

That’s one more tower up, a few thousand more to go.

On Tuesday, near the Denton County community of Krum, workers erected a 100-foot-tall steel tower, part of an 800-mile, 3,800-tower chain of high-voltage transmission lines designed to carry wind-generated electricity from West Texas to the metropolitan area of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. The towers and lines make up a $1.3 billion award won by Oncor Electric Delivery, which serves most of North Texas.

It’s one leg of a $4.9 billion plan to link the state’s more than 8,000 megawatts of capacity at wind farms, mostly west of Abilene and in the Panhandle, with the state’s population centers. That plan, approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in January, envisions about 2,400 miles of new power lines that could carry up to about 18,000 megawatts of power in what the PUC calls competitive renewable energy zones, or CREZ.

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