Sharyland Utilities Commissions 150 Megawatt 'DC
Tie' Between Texas and Mexico
Oct 10, 2007 - PRNewswire
Sharyland Utilities, L.P. announced that a ceremonial
commissioning event was held today at the Sharyland
Plantation in Mission, Texas, for its new $40 million,
150 megawatt High Voltage Direct Current Tie ("DC
The 150 megawatt DC Tie is located along the Rio
Grande border near Mission, Texas, and links the Electric
Reliability Council of Texas ("ERCOT") grid with the
Comision Federal de Electricidad ("CFE") grid of Mexico.
This allows for the first commercial bidirectional
electricity trade between the U.S. and Mexico.
"This DC Tie is an energy bridge between our two
great nations, and we hope it is one of many to come,"
said Hunter Hunt, President of Sharyland Utilities,
L.P. "Sharyland Utilities is strongly committed to
the border and to the utility industry, and today's
ceremony marks a milestone in our continued efforts
to provide needed infrastructure and innovative solutions
not just for the border region, but for the Texas
grid as a whole."
This cross-border tie is the first of its kind to
support both emergency power and commercial business
activity in Texas and Mexico. Its technology will
allow the two-way flow of electricity between both
grids, thereby allowing each grid to rely on the other
in times of peak demand. Not only will this strengthen
the stability of both grids, it has the potential
to foster an international wholesale market that could
bring together power generators and commercial customers
on both sides of the border.
"At a time when both Mexico and the United States
are struggling to meet the energy demands of our growing
economies, this project represents a joint effort
by our two countries to come together and provide
an innovative solution, " said Mark Caskey, General
Manager of Sharyland Utilities. "It was a pleasure
to work with CFE on this project, and I look forward
to other opportunities to work with them in the future."
Special guests at the ceremony included Hunter Hunt,
President of Sharyland Utilities, L.P.; Mark Caskey,
General Manager of Sharyland Utilities, L.P.; John
Cornyn, United States Senator; Julie Parsley, Commissioner,
Public Utility Commission of Texas; Helena Escalante,
Director of Texas Border and Mexican Affairs Division;
and special guests from the Comision Federal de Electricidad
"Meeting the energy needs of the rapidly growing
Rio Grande Valley is a challenge that demands innovative
solutions. It is encouraging that this project will
help meet peak energy demand and help boost economic
growth in Texas," said John Cornyn, U.S. Senator.
About Sharyland Utilities, L.P.
Sharyland Utilities, L.P is a privately-owned, Texas-based
transmission and distribution electric utility committed
to providing quality customer service, safe and reliable
electric delivery, and increased investment in the
electric grid of Texas. It is a pure "wires only"
company that has been operating in South Texas in
the cities of Mission and McAllen for the past seven
years and has no interests in or affiliations with
Retail Electric Providers (REPs) or electric generation
in Texas. Sharyland Utilities has a proven record
of bringing innovative solutions to the ratepayers
of Texas, including its underground and looped distribution
system, automated metering, and time-of-use tariffs.
Sharyland Utilities is owned by Hunter L. Hunt and
other members of his family and managed by Hunter
SOURCE Sharyland Utilities, L.P.