Phillip Oldham Quoted in Argus Media on Houston Import Project

“Texas agency rejects Houston power line challenge”

Texas regulators rejected a challenge raised by power generation companies seeking further review of a high-voltage transmission line designed to bring more power from north Texas into the growing Houston market.

The Texas Public Utility Commission voted today to deny a complaint filed by Calpine and NRG Energy that challenged the state grid operator’s approval of the Houston Import Project, a 130-mile (209km), 345kV line to transfer power from the northern half of the state to Houston.

Large industrial power users support the project. The premise of Texas’ competitive market is “that we will build transmission to have access to competitively priced generation,” Phillip Oldham, an Austin lawyer who represents the Texas Industrial Electric Consortium, said at the October hearing.