Control Number: 38597
Item Number: 373
DENTUN215 E. McKINNEY DENTON, TX 76201 •(940) 349-8230 • FAX (940) 349-8120
September 21, 2010
Public Utility Commission of Texas Central Records
Attn: Filing Clerk 1701 N. Congress Ave. P.O. Box 13326
Austin, Texas 78711-3326
RE: Docket No. 38597 Application of Oncor Electric
Delivery Company LLC. to amend a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for a proposed CREZ 345 kV Transmission Line in Collin, Cooke, Denton, and Grayson Counties, Texas (Krum West - Anna CCN)
The City of Denton is supportive of the proposed Oncor Electric Delivery Company's CREZ 345kV Transmission Line project. We understand that projects like this bring valuable wind
power into the Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth electric load centers. As a municipal electric provider, we understand that these CREZ projects facilitate reliable and cost-effective electric power delivery.
The City of Denton staff has attended the public hearing conducted by Oncor and have met with Oncor staff independently to communicate our position regarding the transmission line routing from Krum West to Anna. The primary concerns with this portion of the project are the routing options that would impact the City of Denton, City of Dallas, and the US Army Corp of Engineer's Greenbelt Corridor between Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts.
The City of Denton has invested substantial resources in the development of the Greenbelt Corridor. The Greenbelt Corridor provides a unique and invaluable recreation alternative that not only protects open space, but also retains the natural riparian system. Because of the recreational and ecological importance of the Greenbelt Corridor, the City of Denton opposes any route of the Oncor 345kV Transmission Line from Krum West to Anna that crosses the Greenbelt Corridor between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville.
On September 21st, 2010, the City Council approved Resolution No. R2010-035, regarding the proposed Oncor Electric transmission line routing. Please accept this resolution as the City of Denton's public input in the PUCT review and approval process. Your time and attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
Mark A. Burro City of Denton Attachments
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF DENTON, TEXAS, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE AND DELIVER CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION TO ONCOR ELECTRIC DELIVERY COMPANY LLC ("ONCOR") AND THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF TEXAS REGARDING THE PROPOSED ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE CONTEMPLATED TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY ONCOR TOGETHER WITH THE TRANSMISSION LINE'S POTENTIAL LOCATION WITHIN, OVER, ACROSS OR IN THE VICINITY OF THE CITY OF DENTON, TEXAS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, Oncor Electric Delivery Company ("ONCOR") has proposed construction of a 345 kV electric transmission line from Krum, Texas to Anna, Texas to ensure the safe and reliable electric service to the State of Texas in light of the increased integration of electric energy that is generated by wind production facilities; which proposed transmission lines affect the City of Denton, Texas; and the proposed transmission lines are scheduled to be completed by the year 2013; and
WHEREAS, based upon the Texas Legislature's direction expressed in 2005 the Public
Utility Commission of Texas ("PUCT") has designated certain areas or zones of Texas for the development of wind power, which are known as Competitive Renewable Energy Zones
("CREZ"); the PUCT has approved a plan for building transmission lines to deliver the electric
energy produced by wind generating facilities in the CREZ to the electric market. The project before the City of Denton involves the selection of routes that involves the construction of the transmission line from Krum to Anna, which is a project that is associated with CREZ; and
WHEREAS, there are several routes being currently evaluated by ONCOR that would cross the Greenbelt between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ('USACE") property; and
WHEREAS, ONCOR has filed its PUCT Case, No. 38597 and provided notice of intent
to amend its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the new 345 kV transmission line to be located in Collin, Cook, Denton and Grayson Counties, Texas, as set forth above the PUDCT will be accepting public comments and intervention requests for the "preferred route" identified in the application submission; and
WHEREAS, the Greenbelt Corridor was developed in the late 1980's as an alternative to traditional recreation facilities that were required at Lewisville Lake due to the elevation in flood pool following the construction of Ray Roberts Lake; the Cities of Dallas and Denton, together with the USACE worked closely to design and construct the Greenbelt Corridor; the final product is a 1500 acre, nine-million dollar hiking, biking, canoeing and equestrian trail system
that parallels the meandering Elm Fork of the Trinity River for fourteen (14) miles, which connects Lake Lewisville to Lake Ray Roberts; and
WHEREAS, the Greenbelt Corridor has provided a unique and much needed recreation alternative that protected open space and retained the natural riparian system, which would assure the rural character of the river corridor, and to provide a visual buffer between newly acquired lands along the river, as well as future development; NOW, THEREFORE,
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DENTON HEREBY RESOLVES:
SECTION 1. The City of Denton opposes any route of the Oncor 345kV CREZ
Transmission Line from Krum West to Anna that crosses the Greenbelt Corridor between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville.
SECTION 2. This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its passage and
PASSED AND APPROVED this the ;2/ Sday of , 2010.
MARK A. B ` ybHS, MAYOR ATTEST:
JENNIFER WALTERS, CITY SECRETARY
By: H' - ( 2 )a ^jz--4 .4- -1;
APPROVED AS TO LEGAL FORM: ANITA BURGESS, CITY ATTORNEY