Texas is poised for an unprecedented boom in the construction of high-voltage transmission lines. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. DOE The Lone Star State is reviewing $9 billion worth of transmission-line projects. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is reviewing some $9 billion in transmission projects that would add 7,866 miles of new lines in west Texas, the Texas panhandle and other parts of the state over the next five years, ERCOT says in planning reports filed on Dec. 30 at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The planned projects include more than 2,000 miles of new 345-kV transmission lines
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.