Final placement of an electric delivery line will not affect Argyle residents, town officials said Jan. 18 in a news release.

The Public Utility Commission granted approval for the final placement of the Oncor electric delivery company's Ramhorn Hill-Dunham Transmission Line during the Jan. 18 meeting. The line will begin in Flower Mound, the release stated.

The background

Argyle leaders said in the release that residents’ strong opposition played a role, as residents over the past two years opposed proposed routes that, if approved, would have affected numerous homeowners. During the 2022-23 Oncor Planning Meetings held at Argyle Town Hall, Oncor officials actively sought resident feedback on the project, the release stated.

The details

The transmission line will establish a connection between the new Ramhorn Hill Switch and the new Dunham Switch, the release stated. The Ramhorn Hill Switch is positioned approximately two miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and SH 114 near Rhome, while the Dunham Switch is located approximately 1.4 miles southeast of the intersection of I-35W and FM 1171 in Flower Mound.

Oncor's project analysis emphasizes the necessity of the new line to ensure the continued provision of safe and reliable electric service in the North Texas area, the release stated. The line is poised to serve as an additional and essential transmission-level electric source, facilitating future developments, addressing maintenance needs and enhancing overall electric reliability in the area. The projected length of the line is 18–22 miles.

What they’re saying

Argyle Mayor Rick Bradford lauded the ruling, explaining in a release that it reflected a “balanced approach” that considers both the needs of the state and the concerns of local communities.

“We realize this transmission line is critical for reliability and to serve the growing needs in the region, and we support this necessary enhancement to the state's power grid infrastructure,” he said. “While it has been a stressful time for our residents, we are pleased with the Public Utility Commission of Texas' decision today. We appreciate the time and effort that went into evaluating literally hundreds of potential routes, and we thank all those who submitted comments and supported our efforts to ensure the health and wellbeing of Argyle, our residents and our natural resources."