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Scenic Loop Substation and Transmission Line Project

 

The Scenic Loop Substation and Transmission Line Project involves the proposed construction of a new substation, a new transmission line, and associated distribution lines. This substation will improve reliability and provide additional electrical capacity to homes and businesses in the area.

CPS Energy has evaluated multiple substation site alternatives and geographically diverse transmission line options and has filed an application to amend its existing Certificate of Convenience and Necessity with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC).

Throughout the course of the PUC process CPS Energy will be posting updates to major activities and information regarding this project on this webpage.

 

Update 1-12-2022: Following a vote taken at the PUC Open Meeting held December 16, 2021, the PUC issued an order today adopting Route Z2 (to substation site 7) as the approved route for the Scenic Loop Project.  CPS Energy will provide written notice of the final order according to the rules and regulations of the PUC.

Scenic Loop – Final Order
Map of Route Z2

Update 11-1-21: During the October 28th Open Meeting, the PUC Commissioner’s listened to various parties regarding their positions on this docket. After listening to the various parties, the Commissioners then decided to delay a decision on this docket and take up this docket again during the November 18th Open Meeting.

 

Update 10-26-21: The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) filed two items today. In the first document the PUC states “Participation in the October 28,2021 open meeting and in all future open meetings of the Commission will be in person.” The second document states “The Commission will hear oral argument in the above referenced docket for the open meeting scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on October 28, 2021.” 

The meeting is scheduled to begin 9:30AM Thursday October 28th and can be viewed via the internet at:

http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/puct/open_meeting/20211028/

The meeting will be held in Austin, TX at:

MEETING OF THE
PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 9:30 A.M.
Commissioners' Hearing Room
7th Floor, William B. Travis Building

The documents referenced above can be viewed via the following links:

CORRECTION TO EXCEPTIONS AND REPLIES MEMORANDUM REGARDING OPEN MEETING

THE COMMISSION WILL HEAR ORAL ARGUMENT...

Update 9-17-2021: The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) has released a revised schedule for this docket. The Commissioners will be taking into consideration the Proposal for Decision (PFD) in an open meeting to be held on October 28, 2021. Details on the Proposal can be found here.

 

Update 7-26-21: The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) has released the Proposal for Decision (PFD). In the PFD, the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) recommend approval of Route Z2. The full document can be found on the PUC Interchange here.

 

Update 4-30-2021: The Hearing on Merits will be beginning Monday May 3rd at 9:00am. Instructions for participation will be the same as the Prehearing Conference. Due to the ongoing disruptive effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ALJs will conduct the hearing using the Zoom videoconferencing application. Instructions for attending can be found on the order located here.

 

Update 4-29-2021: View the revised Scenic Loop Intervenor Maps:

    Scenic Loop Intervenors Map (April 28)

 

Update 4-28-2021: The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) issued Order No. 12. This order has instructions for participating/viewing Prehearing Conference for the Hearing on Merits. The Prehearing Conference will be held this Friday April 30th at 10AM. Due to the ongoing disruptive effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ALJs will conduct the hearing using the Zoom videoconferencing application. Instructions for attending can be found on the order located here.

At this hearing the ALJs will be considering evidence regarding the merits of routes presented in the (Amended) Application.

 

Update 4-13-2021: View the revised Scenic Loop Intervenor Maps:

    Scenic Loop Intervenors Map (April 12)

 

Update 4-8-2021: The following Rebuttal Testimony has been filed with the PUC as of 4/7/2021 and can be found on the PUC Interchange site here.

Currently, the Hearing on Merits is scheduled to begin May 3 per SOAH Order No. 8. Information on the Hearing on Merits will be posted to the PUC Interchange site prior to the hearing.

 

Update 2-11-2021: View the revised Scenic Loop Intervenor Maps:

Scenic Loop Intervenors Map (Feb. 11)

 

Update 12-22-2020: In accordance with Order No. 5, CPS Energy has submitted the following documents to amend its application:

Amendment To CPS Energy’s Application

Attachment 1: 

Application Amendment

Attachment 2:  

Scenic Loop 138 kV Transmission Line and Substation Project Environmental Assessment and Alternative Route Analysis Amendment

 

Environmental Assessment and Alternative Route Analysis Amendment Attachments

Attachment 3: 

Application Attachment 3 Cost Estimates

 

Cost Estimates (Amended)

Attachment 4: 

Application Attachment 5 (Amended)

 

Overall Property and HS Map Amended

Attachment 5:  

Application Attachment 6 (Amended): Habitable Structure Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment 6: 

Supplemental Direct Testimony of Lisa B. Meaux

 

Update 12-4-2020: The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) issued Order No. 4. This order has set the date for a Route Adequacy Hearing on December 10, 2020 at 9AM. Due to the ongoing disruptive effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ALJs will conduct the hearing using the Zoom videoconferencing application. Instructions for attending can be found on the order located here.

At this hearing the ALJs will be considering evidence regarding the adequacy of routes presented in the Application.


Update 10-30-2020: View the Scenic Loop Intervenor Maps (post Pre-Hearing Conference):

Scenic Loop Intervenors Map


Update 10-2-2020:
The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) issued Order No. 1. This order set the date of the Prehearing Conference on October 22, 2020 at 10AM. Due to the ongoing disruptive effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ALJs will conduct the prehearing conference using the Zoom videoconferencing application. Instructions for attending can be found on the order located here.

At this meeting the ALJs will be addressing any outstanding interventions, establishing a procedural schedule and other matters. A complete list of issues/matters can be found on the order, using the link above.


Update 8-21-2020:
According to PUC Order No. 5, the administrative law judge (ALJ) finds CPS Energy’s application administratively complete and the notice sufficient.  The ALJ adopts a procedural schedule through the month of September (2020). The order and schedule may be found on the PUC Interchange website here.


Update 7-22-2020:
CPS Energy has filed the CCN Application for the Scenic Loop Project with the Public Utility Commission of Texas under docket number 51023. The filed application can be found on the PUC Interchange website here. Digital copies of the complete application and attachments are available on this website and the PUC Interchange. A physical copy of the documents is available for public viewing at:

CPS Energy, 500 McCullough, San Antonio, TX 78215

and

Fair Oaks Ranch City Office - 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Rd, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015.

Scenic Loop Transmission Project CCN Application

Attachment 1 - Environmental Analysis (large file)

Attachment 2 – LCRA TSC Letter

Attachment 3 – Cost Estimates

Attachment 4 – Existing Area Transmission System

Attachment 5 – Directly Affected Landowner Map Overview

Attachment 7 – Landowner Notice Package

Attachment 8 – Directly Affected Landowner List

Attachment 9 – Public Official and Agency Notice Package

*All Public Official Notice Packages contained a complete Landowner Notice Package.

Attachment 10 – Public Officials and Agency Notice List

Attachment 11 – Newspaper Notice

Attachment 12 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Notice Letter

Attachment 13 - Scenic Loop Substation Analysis Report

Notice packages (Attachment 7) for this project have been mailed out via first class mail to all directly affected Landowners. If you wish to participate in this proceeding by becoming an intervenor, the deadline for intervention in the proceeding is September 8, 2020, and the PUC should receive an electronic filing or letter from you requesting intervention by that date. More information about the PUC’s filing process can be obtained at the PUC’s website here. Instructions for using the PUC Filer are available here. For assistance with an electronic filing, please contact the PUC’s Help Desk at (512) 936-7100 or [email protected].


Update 7-10-2020:
CPS Energy has filed for a docket number with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). The docket number is 51023 and can be found on the PUC Interchange website here.

Open House Documents (Held October 3, 2019)

 

You may call, write or e-mail:

CPS Energy
Daniel Otto, Project Manager
Scenic Loop Substation and Transmission Line Project
Mail Drop RT0801
PO Box 1771
San Antonio, Texas 78296-1771
210-353-4882
[email protected]