Texas Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (TX)
The steps of the Texas bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Texas
The Texas electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which covers most, but not all, of Texas. In Texas, Texas Reliability Entity (Texas RE) is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators and users of the bulk electric system. Texas has one balancing authority: (ERCOT). ERCOT oversees the operation of the bulk electric power system and transmission lines in Transmission.
In Texas there are investor-owned, public, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Brownsville Public Utilities Board serves Brownsville and surrounding areas in Texas;
- Texas-New Mexico Power Co that serves customers across the state;
- AEP Texas Central Company that serves Corpus Christi and surrounding counties in central Texas;
- AEP Texas North Company that serves Abilene and surrounding counties in northern Texas;
- Oncor that serves several counties in northern Texas;
- CenterPoint Energy that serves Houston and several counties across Texas.