New Transmission Line Will Encourage Economic Development

September 12, 2017 | ACC Press Release — PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a major transmission line project that will connect the East Valley and lay the foundation for growth in one of the Valley’s fastest growing economic sectors.

Commissioners approved the Arizona Power and Transmission Line Citing Committee’s Certificate of Environmental Compatibility authorizing Salt River Project’s (SRP) Price Road Project. SRP will build a new double circuit 230-kilovolt power line connecting its Knox Substation in Chandler to a new substation at Germann and Price Road.

The project had been highly debated over the past several years as possible routes for the lines were identified. The approved route minimizes the impact on the surrounding community and supports the City of Chandler’s economic and power needs as laid out in its 2016 General Plan. The City of Chandler will pay the costs to bury a large portion of the line based on concerns from residents over how the aesthetics of the project would impact their neighborhood.

“This is a win, win, win,” said Commissioner Boyd W. Dunn, who also served as Chandler Mayor for 12 years. “This is a unique situation that is moving forward with absolute support even though it started as very contentious. Chandler and the entire Valley will gain from this project in terms of attracting new business and creating new jobs.”

The project provides nearly five miles of new transmission line and will run alongside the Loop 202 adjacent to the Gila River Indian Community. For information on the project visit www.priceroadcorridor.com or go to the Arizona Corporation Commission website at www.azcc.gov and click eDocket and enter docket number L-00000B-17-0182-00175.