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Anderson-Wilkins, Bartlett-Parker, Bartlett-Wilkins 69kV Transmission project

Anderson-Wilkins, Bartlett-Parker & Bartlett-Wilkens 69kv Transmission Project

SRP supports long-term economic development in the communities it serves by providing reliable power to its customers.

Project need and benefit

To meet the growing energy demands within your community, SRP is planning to construct new infrastructure to enhance reliability for current customers and support new and expanding developments within this area. This project will integrate into the existing system which will bring greater reliability, reduce the probability of power disruptions, as well as support the economic growth anticipated for this region. By creating the expanded infrastructure now, it will make this area more appealing for new businesses and residential developers, all while providing reliable electricity to our existing customers.

The project consists of constructing three (3) new 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines that will connect as follows:

  • From the existing Anderson Substation at 7th Avenue and Baseline Road to the existing Wilkins substation at 48th Street and Southern Avenue
  • From the existing Bartlett substation at 40th Street and Fremont Street to existing Parker substation at 40th Street and Wier Avenue
  • From the existing Bartlett substation at 40th Street and Fremont Street to existing Wilkins substation at 48th Street and Southern Avenue.

The transmission network of 69kV power lines serves as the backbone of SRP’s neighborhood electrical system. These power lines interconnect local substations, providing system redundancy and reliability. From the substations, the 69kV gets converted down to 12kV, which then feeds homes, schools and businesses.

Route selection process

SRP engineers considered a variety of factors in the route selection process including future electrical needs, safety, construction feasibility, maintainability and cost. The selected routes make use of existing SRP lines where possible. For Anderson-Wilkins, the majority of the alignment will utilize existing infrastructure with the only new segment being along Roeser Rd between 40th St and an exiting APS/SRP corridor.  For Bartlett-Parker, the majority of the alignment will replace existing 12kV poles with new 69kV transmission poles.  For Bartlett-Wilkins, the majority of the alignment will utilize existing transmission structures.  The new transmission poles will replace existing distribution poles.

Pole structures

The typical 69kV pole is approximately 55 to 70 feet tall.

Graphic of five power poles side-by-side and their associated heights.

Below are types of poles you may see installed on this project. Click on an image to make larger.

How electricity gets to you

Public outreach

SRP strives to provide our communities with advance notice of infrastructure improvements. Customers and property owners along the route will be notified in advance of construction. At this time, we anticipate construction to commence in Spring 2025 and the new line to be in service by Fall 2025.

Contact us

If you have questions, please call (602) 236-0308 or email 69kv@srpnet.com.

Frequently asked questions


A new 69kV transmission line will be built connecting the Anderson and Wilkins Substations, the Bartlett and Parker Substations, and the Bartlett and Wilkins Substations in order to provide additional energy to SRP customers and to serve the future planned development and increased density in the Phoenix area. Construction of the line is anticipated to commence in the spring of 2025. The project will be in the Phoenix area. There will be a public outreach process to customers and landowners in the area notifying them of the project need and timeline for construction.

Need and benefit

The purpose of the new Anderson-Wilkins, Bartlett-Parker, Bartlett-Wilkins 69kV Transmission Lines is to accommodate future energy demands in the Phoenix community and reduce the probability of outages, while providing higher electric reliability to the surrounding customers. These new lines are part of a larger effort to upgrade SRP systems and infrastructure, so we can continue to meet the energy demands of our customers and provide reliable power.

SRP’s 69kV transmission power line network serves as the backbone of SRP’s neighborhood electrical system. These power lines interconnect local substations, providing system redundancy and reliability. 69kV transmission lines bring power to substations to meet the area's growing demand for power and provide better electric reliability to the community.

New development in the area will increase overall load on the system. By increasing the capacity now, SRP can get ahead of potential growth and be ready to respond to outages in a timely manner. This addition will increase overall reliability and decrease overall outage response time.


SRP will construct a 69kV transmission line between the Anderson and Wilkins, Bartlett and Parker and Bartlett and Wilkins Substations. The poles will be made of Douglas Fir trees or weathered steel allowing the poles to blend in with the local landscape. There will be approximately 190 new poles either replaced or constructed. The poles will be between 70 and 90 feet tall and spaced between 250 and 350 feet apart. The total length of the all the alignments is approximately 12 miles.

SRP is historically an overhead company and this keeps our rates low for our customers. Additionally, standard construction for power lines is overhead. Developers often bury existing 12kV distribution lines and build the new electrical infrastructure underground. Those costs are paid for by the developers, typically $1 million per mile.

SRP does not usually place 69kV lines underground because of the time and expense involved in burying and maintaining lines of this magnitude. Undergrounding a 69kV power line costs about $3.5 million per mile per circuit – 10 times the cost of overhead construction. However, future costs for underground 69kV projects are difficult to predict because of the rapidly rising costs of oil and copper, two key components of the underground wire. Our 69kV lines traverse neighborhoods across the Valley; burying all of them would be very costly and affect our customers’ electric prices substantially.

In all cases where SRP has located transmission circuits underground, the cost differential was funded by a third party for safety reasons like the proximity of a line to an airport.

SRP engineers considered a variety of factors in making our final route selection: the ability to obtain land rights/easements; construction feasibility; maintainability; cost; public impact; environmental concerns; and existing development in the area.

A substation is a facility that converts a higher voltage of electricity to a lower voltage (or vice versa) by use of one or more power transformers. Similar to switchyard, a substation also monitors and protects each circuit (including distribution circuits), and provides operational control to ensure the system is safe, reliable, and maintainable.

A switchyard is type of substation facility that connects two or more transmission circuits of the same voltage together (therefore no transformers are required). The switchyard monitors and protects each high voltage circuit and provides operational control to ensure the system is safe, reliable, and maintainable.

The costs of this project are included in our rate base which is re-evaluated each time SRP goes through a price process. We do not believe that the cost of this line will have a significant impact on rates.

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit organization. We make decisions in the best interest of our customers and the communities we serve. We do not have shareholders or pay dividends. Revenues generated through the sale of electricity are reinvested in the company to help keep SRP prices among the lowest in the Southwest.

Transmission line audible noise is characterized by crackling low frequency tones, which are best described as humming sounds. Multiple high voltage transmission lines currently exist adjacent to the property site. Depending on the exact location, the noise could vary slightly from the noise associated with the existing electric infrastructure.


The line will be designed and then the specific and necessary easements will be identified. The typical easement width for a 69kV transmission line is between 30 and 40 feet.

There are many variables to consider in the valuation process. Each property is different; an appraiser would have to take into account the criteria of the property (e.g., size, zoning, location, proximity to major arterial streets, etc.). In the valuation process, the appraiser would also consider current market conditions of the area and its unique amenities (e.g., quality of schools, available retail shopping, restaurants, parks, other recreational amenities, ease of access via freeways and local streets, etc.).

Generally, transmission lines would not be considered as a material factor in the determination of property values. Given the number of variables to evaluate in the appraisal process, it would be inaccurate and misleading to give any specific response regarding the value of any specific property without an appraisal.


Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) are part of our everyday lives. They occur wherever there is a flow of electricity and everyone is exposed to EMF in modern society. All electric devices and lines (e.g. appliances, computers, wiring in homes and offices and power lines) produce EMF. The earth also produces a strong natural static magnetic field. Electric fields result from electric voltage. These fields are measured in kilovolts per meter (kV/m). Magnetic fields result from the flow of electric current. The fields are measured in milliGauss (mG).

There are no conclusive studies that show a link between electromagnetic fields and health impacts. The major research on health effects of low frequency (60-Hz) EMF has been performed in the following areas:

  • Epidemiological studies attempt to establish patterns, links or association between environmental agents and diseases in human populations, such as cancer or leukemia.
  • Animal studies have been performed on animals over several generations at exposures that are thousands of times higher than the EMF in a typical residential setting.
  • Biological studies look for EMF responses on individual cells or DNA.
  • Clinical studies have been performed on human volunteers in residential or work environments.

The overall scientific consensus about EMF with respect to health is summarized by the information currently posted on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) websiteOpen new site.. "Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields.”

Several thousand scientific papers have been published and over two dozen expert panels have reviewed this research. For most diseases, the epidemiology has been inconclusive and inconsistent, although some childhood leukemia studies have found an increased risk with magnetic field exposures. Epidemiological studies do not provide a conclusive cause and effect between EMF exposure and disease, and the animal, biological and clinical studies which have been done do not support a hypothesis that EMFs are harmful. Additionally, no plausible bio-mechanism is known by which 60-Hz magnetic fields would be harmful.

Yes, please refer to the following links:

www.who.int/peh-emf/en/Open new site.

Public process

SRP strives to keep our community informed of upcoming projects in the specific area. The public outreach process is comprised of meeting with public officials representing the region, jurisdictional agencies, key landowners and stakeholders to inform them about the project. Additionally, SRP sends information mailers to customers and landowners in the general project area to inform them of the new facilities to be constructed. A website is also created where anyone may obtain additional information about the project and view project updates. The website address is included on the information mailer. A member of SRP’s Project Team will respond to all inquiries received from the public.

If you have questions, please call (602) 236-0308 or email 69kv@srpnet.com.