About the Rusk-Panola Transmission Project
The Rusk to Panola Transmission Project is a double circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line sponsored by Garland Power & Light and Rusk Interconnection LLC, and is being built as part of a plan to interconnect the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and southeastern United States with the Southern Cross Transmission Project. The RPTP transmission line will connect a new switching station in Rusk County to a switching station in Panola County near the Texas/Louisiana state line. Garland Power & Light has been ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide this interconnection.
This transmission line is being developed in accordance with Texas law and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) rules and regulations. This includes completing a route evaluation process to minimize impacts to the community and the environment. Part of that process also includes notifying potentially impacted landowners about the Project and offering them the opportunity to provide input. Public Open Houses were held December 1 & 2, 2015 to gather public input on the proposed transmission line route options.
After careful consideration of all of the information gathered during the review process, a set of route alternatives was determined by the Project team and was filed on February 25, 2016 as part of an application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity from the PUCT. After notice and hearing, the Commissioners will select a final route.
The Routing/Public Involvement Process
Thank you for your participation in the routing/public involvement process. The Project team has finished evaluating the study area and proposed route options for this transmission line.