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Transmission line pits land preservation against electric power grid

“In a case pitting electricity demand against Hill Country conservation efforts, the owner of the largest piece of private permanently preserved land in Gillespie County is making a last-ditch effort to persuade state regulators to change the route of a planned transmission line. The line, about 13 miles long, is part of a plan to beef up electrical infrastructure to serve a growing area east of Fredericksburg. Such transmission lines, which involve support structures 10 stories tall or higher, are becoming more common in Central Texas as the area booms — one is slated to run between Leander and Round Rock, potentially across a beloved trail system”  Read more from

Another transmission line battle is underway in Williamson County, where one proposed route would run along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail System, necessitating clearing a 200-foot wide span of vegetation around the line. To learn more about that project or weigh in, click here.