Transmission line pits land preservation against electric power grid

“In a case pitting electricity demand against Hill Country conservation efforts, the owner of the largest piece of private permanently preserved land in Gillespie County is making a last-ditch effort to persuade state regulators to change the route of a planned transmission line. The line, about 13 miles long, is part of a plan to beef up electrical infrastructure to serve a growing area east of Fredericksburg. Such transmission lines, which involve support structures 10 stories tall or higher, are becoming more common in Central Texas as the area booms — one is slated to run between Leander and Round Rock, potentially across a beloved trail system”  Read more from Statesman.com

Another transmission line battle is underway in Williamson County, where one proposed route would run along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail System, necessitating clearing a 200-foot wide span of vegetation around the line. To learn more about that project or weigh in, click here.