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Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) has submitted an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for the Abel-Moody Transmission Line Project.

The Abel-Moody Project consists of a new 230 kV transmission line connecting two planned SRP substations, as well as a proposed 25-acre substation in the Queen Creek area.

Planned to be in service by the summer of 2012, the Abel-Moody Project would improve SRP's ability to keep pace with current and future electrical demands in southeast Maricopa County and northern Pinal County, according to the utility. The project would also provide greater reliability for SRP customers by adding the infrastructure necessary to bring additional supplies of energy to the region.

The proposed routes for the transmission line were selected after an extensive public process that included a series of open houses in Queen Creek and locations in northern Pinal County.

The ACC's Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee will review the application at a public hearing Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the ASU Polytechnic Campus, Student Union Cooley Ballrooms, located at 7001 E. Williams Field Road in Mesa, Ariz.

There will also be a special public comment session that evening at 6 p.m. at the same location. Following the hearings, the siting committee will decide whether to issue or deny the certificate, which requires final approval at an open meeting of the ACC.

If a CEC is granted, SRP expects to begin construction in 2011 with completion of the first circuit planned for 2012.

SOURCE: Salt River Project

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