A proposed third electrical transmission line to the Rio Grande Valley is closer to reality since being endorsed by an engineering committee that’s part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s electrical grid.

State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, who has been pushing a third transmission line for the region, announced Sept. 1 that the committee had approved the project, which would run an estimated 163 miles of new transmission line from Laredo to north of Edinburg. The next step is for the project to go before the full ERCOT board and the Public Utility Commission for final approval.

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