Apr 26 2011 12:00:00:000AM
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TEP to Host Public Meeting on Pinal County Transmission Line Project

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Electric Power is hosting a public open house meeting in Eloy on Thursday, April 28 to discuss plans for a new transmission line in Pinal County.

The new 500-kilovolt (kV) line would extend about 40 miles from the future Pinal Central substation east of Casa Grande to TEP's Tortolita Substation southeast of Red Rock. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 and conclude in May 2014.

TEP is seeking input on a preferred route and several alternative routes for the proposed project. The new line would help maintain reliable electric service, expand access to renewable generation projects and help meet anticipated energy needs in the Tucson metropolitan area and surrounding region.

A public open house meeting will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Eloy Junior High School, 404 E. Phoenix Ave. in Eloy. Maps and other information about the project will be on display, and members of the project development team will be available to answer questions and accept feedback.

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