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AI- 7926   8. 1.    
Regular City Council Meeting
Meeting Date: 02/12/2019  

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Agenda Item
Budget Amendment Ordinance 2nd Reading - Finance: Consider Budget Ordinance No. 2019-O0012, Amendment 7, amending the FY 2018-19 Budget for municipal purposes respecting the Capital Program to amend or establish the following Capital Improvement Projects (CIP): Amend CIP 92561 - 345KV Line Construction - Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Interconnection; Establish CIP 92609 - Abernathy to North Transmission Line; Establish CIP 92610 - Abernathy to Wadsworth Transmission Line; Establish CIP 92611 - Wadsworth to New Oliver to Farmland Transmission Line; Amend CIP 92468 - Autotransformer Mackenzie; Amend CIP 92407 - Autotransformer Southeast; providing for filing; and providing for a savings clause.
Item Summary
On January 22, 2019, the City Council approved the first reading of the ordinance.

I. Amend Capital Improvement Project 92561 – 345KV line construction - ERCOT Interconnection, by decreasing the appropriation and the Short Term Lending Facility funding by $5,300,000 from $47,155,000 to $41,855,000. The project scope and justification is as follows:  
 
Project Scope: Certain costs related to the ERCOT interconnection transmission facilities are not directly tied to a specific project, but will be allocated to specific projects once all project costs are known and measurable  (e.g. costs associated with Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) filings, CCN pre-work, CCN applications, insurance, legal costs).  These project costs will be charged to this capital project fund and will be allocated to specific ERCOT-related assets upon completion of the transmission facilities.  Additionally, this project is a placeholder in the capital program for the future year funding of ERCOT related substations and transmission line construction.  As soon as CCNs are completed and exact locations and costs are known, those funds will be allocated to the appropriate capital projects.
 
Project Justification:  In Commission Docket No. 47576, the Commission approved LP&L’s proposal to transition a portion of its system from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid pursuant to a transmission interconnection plan known as Option 4ow developed by ERCOT. The Commission determined that, under the terms of its order, the transition is in the public interest.  This project is an important part of the infrastructure costs needed to ensure the LP&L system can safely and reliably operate in ERCOT.
 
FERC Accounts: 350, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 359
 
Estimated Useful Life:  30 years
 
II. Establish Capital Improvement Project 92609 - Abernathy to North Transmission Line and appropriate funding of $1,550,000. The project will utilize Short Term Lending Facility funding reallocated from Capital Improvement Project 92561 - 345 kV Line Construction – ERCOT Interconnection. The project scope and justification is as follows:  
 
Project Scope: The proposed transmission facilities will interconnect Sharyland’s Abernathy Station, located in Hale County, with the northern portion of LP&L’s planned 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line loop at either the X-Fab Station or the Northwest Station in Lubbock County.   Depending on the route selected by the Texas Public Utility Commission (Commission), the transmission line(s) will be routed through one of three alternative locations for Sharyland’s proposed North Station in Lubbock County.  If the Commission selects a route that interconnects the Abernathy Station with an alternative North Station that is located adjacent to the X-Fab Station and the north loop, the transmission line will be a single-circuit 345-kV line on double-circuit capable structures and will interconnect with the loop at the X-Fab Station.  Alternatively, if the Commission selects a route that requires the use of a North Station not adjacent to the X-Fab Station, the transmission lines will include (1) a single-circuit 345-kV line on double-circuit capable structures from the Abernathy Station to one of two additional alternative locations for the North Station, and (2) a double-circuit 115-kV line from the North Station location to the X-Fab Station or the Northwest Station. The transmission line(s) will be approximately 20 to 25 miles in length, depending on the route approved by the Commission.  It is anticipated that LP&L will own the entirety of this facility.
 
Project Justification: In Commission Docket No. 47576, the Commission approved LP&L’s proposal to transition a portion of its system from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid pursuant to a transmission interconnection plan known as Option 4ow developed by ERCOT. The Commission determined that, under the terms of its order, the transition is in the public interest. This project is an important part of the infrastructure needed to ensure the LP&L system can safely and reliably operate in ERCOT.
 
FERC Accounts: 350, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 359
 
Estimated Useful Life:  30 years
 
III. Establish Capital Improvement Project 92610 - Abernathy to Wadsworth Transmission Line and appropriate funding of $2,750,000. The project will utilize Short Term Lending Facility funding reallocated from Capital Improvement Project 92561 - 345 kV Line Construction – ERCOT Interconnection. The project scope and justification is as follows: 
 
Project Scope: The proposed transmission facilities will connect the existing Abernathy Station, located north of Abernathy in Hale County, to the existing Wadsworth Station, located east of Lubbock in Lubbock County. The facilities will include a single-circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line on double-circuit capable structures in Hale and Lubbock counties, Texas. The transmission line will be approximately 32 to 50 miles in length, depending on the route selected by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission).  It is anticipated that LP&L will own the entirety of this facility.
 
Project Justification: In Commission Docket No. 47576, the Commission approved LP&L’s proposal to transition a portion of its system from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid pursuant to a transmission interconnection plan known as Option 4ow developed by ERCOT. The Commission determined that, under the terms of its order, the transition is in the public interest. This project is an important part of the infrastructure needed to ensure the LP&L system can safely and reliably operate in ERCOT.
 
FERC Accounts: 350, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 359
 
Estimated Useful Life:  30 years
 
IV. Establish Capital Improvement Project 92611 - Wadsworth to New Oliver to Farmland Transmission Line and appropriate funding of $1,000,000. The project will utilize Short Term Lending Facility funding reallocated from Capital Improvement Project 92561 - 345 kV Line Construction – ERCOT Interconnection. The project scope and justification is as follows: 
 
Project Scope: The proposed facilities will connect the existing Wadsworth Station, located on the east side of Lubbock in Lubbock County, to the existing Farmland Station, located southeast of Tahoka in Lynn County. The facilities will include a single-circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line on double-circuit capable structures. The transmission line will be approximately 42 to 53 miles in length, depending on the route approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission).  This 345-kV line will be routed through one of two alternative locations for the proposed New Oliver Station, located on the southeast side of Lubbock in Lubbock County. It is anticipated that LP&L will own most or all of the Wadsworth to New Oliver portion of this facility and may also own a portion of the New Oliver to Farmland line depending on the final ownership division point.
 
Project Justification: In Commission Docket No. 47576, the Commission approved LP&L’s proposal to transition a portion of its system from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid pursuant to a transmission interconnection plan known as Option 4ow developed by ERCOT. The Commission determined that, under the terms of its order, the transition is in the public interest.  This project is an important part of the infrastructure needed to ensure the LP&L system can safely and reliably operate in ERCOT.
 
FERC Accounts: 350, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 359
 
Estimated Useful Life:  30 years
 
V. Amend Capital Improvement Project 92407 - Autotransformer - Southeast by increasing the appropriation and funding by $1,500,000, from $2,830,000 to $4,330,000.  The additional appropriation will be used to fund increased expenditures as a result of a scope change. The project will utilize Short Term Lending Facility funding.  The project scope is amended as follows:    
 
Project Scope:  Connect the existing 230/69kV 100MVA auto transformer to the existing 69kV and 230kV buses, upgrade the existing relay protection, replace the SCADA Remote Terminal Unit (RTU, SCADA Remote Communication Terminal), and install a second set of substation batteries and battery charger.
 
This substation was previously insulated at 115kV, and is operated at 69kV. The existing relay protection includes: one existing autotransformer, one existing 230kV transmission line, four existing 69/115kV transmission lines, and one 69/115kV substation bus.
 
This project includes the engineering, material, and construction costs associated with installing the auto transformer, relay protection panels, circuit breakers, batteries, and RTU.  
 
This project includes the addition of a tie breaker, a terminal position, bus extension, and associated protective relays for the 115kV line from the Southeast Substation to the New Oliver Substation.  Splitting the bus into two sections will allow for greatly increased reliability in the event of a bus fault.
 
VI. Amend Capital Improvement Project 92468 - Autotransformer - Mackenzie by increasing the appropriation and funding by $1,000,000 from $4,730,000 to $5,730,000.  The additional appropriation will be used to fund increased expenditures. The project will utilize Short Term Lending Facility funding.
Fiscal Impact
Included in Item Summary
Staff/Board Recommending
D. Blu Kostelich, Chief Financial Officer
Electric Utillity Board

Attachments
Budget Amendment 7
LP&L Executed Resolution for Budget Amendment

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