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New line to offer more power, reliability for Yuma
At APS, we couldn't be more pleased.
The ACC's decision was the culmination of an extensive public outreach effort that included several open house meetings, newsletter communications to those who reside or own land within the study area, and numerous discussions with public officials and other key stakeholders.
We extend our thanks to all who participated in the line siting process. This community participation and public engagement is vital in developing a project that most benefits the entire region into the future. Since 2010, when the project was re-introduced, APS has received hundreds of comments from members of the community. This input was integral in evaluating alternative routes for the new facilities necessary to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to our customers in the Yuma area.
In addition to public input, other factors considered included cost, engineering feasibility, regulatory approvals, land acquisition considerations and environmental factors.
The routes were presented to, and approved by, the ACC after the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee in November approved a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for APS's preferred route for each of the two project segments.
North Gila to TS-8 Substation, which includes a double-circuit 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from APS's existing North Gila substation at approximately County 6-1/2 Street and Avenue 9E to a new substation tentatively called TS-8 (Transmission Substation 8) in the southeast Yuma area. Completion of this segment is planned for 2015.
TS-8 Substation to Yucca Power Plant, which includes a double-circuit 230kV transmission line from TS-8 to APS's existing Yucca Power Plant located near Somerton Avenue and 8th Street.
In the near future, APS will begin the design and right-of-way acquisition for the 230kV transmission line and property for the TS-8 Substation for Phase 1 of the project.
Construction will follow to enable Phase 1 to be in service by approximately June 2015. The second portion of the project (TS-8 to Yucca) will be constructed as needed based on the increased electric demand in the greater Yuma area.
Please pardon our dust when construction gets under way.
Thank you again to all who participated in this important line siting project.
Andrea Bereznak, MA, is the manager of business and community relations for Arizona Public Service Co. Southwest. She can be reached at 336 9815 or email@example.com.