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- Meeting Load with a Resource Mix Beyond Business as Usual
April 17, 2013
A Regional Examination of the Hourly System Operations and Reliability Implications for the United States Electric Power System with Coal Phased Out and High Penetrations of Efficiency and Renewable Generating Resources.
- Georgia to launch two export power lines
Jan 03, 2012 - RosBusinessConsulting - pro.energycentral.com
Georgia intends to put into operation two high-voltage
power lines to expand electricity exports to
Turkey and Azerbaijan in 2012, the country's
Energy and Natural Resources Ministry said.
- In Internal Canadian Documents, a Warning on Oil Sands
Dec. 22, 2011 - IAN AUSTEN - green.blogs.nytimes.com
Internal government documents show that Canada’s
scientific and environmental bureaucracy does
not share the Conservative government’s
view that oil sands projects in Alberta have
relatively little negative impact on the environment.
- Electricity tends to flow south in North America
Dec. 12, 2011 - eia.gov
The map above shows that electricity tends to flow south in North America. The numbers on the map reflect average net power flows—metered hourly—between electric systems aggregated by regions for the year 2010. Most electric power demand is served by local generators. Net interregional trade accounted for less than 1% of delivered power in 2010. However, excess, low-cost power—primarily from hydroelectric generators in the Pacific Northwest, Manitoba, and Quebec—supplied higher-cost markets to the south.
- Bipole III plan heads for public review
Dec. 1, 2011 - Bruce Owen - winnipegfreepress.com
Manitoba Hydro’s plan to build the $3.28-billion Bipole III high-voltage transmission line down the west side of the province has been filed to the province for public review.
- Underground lines can inspire sticker shock
Sept. 3, 2011 - Martin B. Cassidy - ctpost.com
STAMFORD -- There's an underground movement across
much of the country to bury power and other utility
lines to shield against widespread outages like
that caused by Tropical Storm Irene last week.
- APNewsBreak: Obama to step up power line projects
Oct. 5, 2011 - MATTHEW DALY - yahoo.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration
moved Wednesday to speed up permitting and construction
of seven proposed electric transmission lines
in 12 states, saying the projects would create
thousands of jobs and help modernize the nation's
- 20 clean energy transmission projects for Great Plains and Upper Midwest
Sept. 26, 2011 - brighterenergy.org
There are now 20 major transmission projects
proposed to open up wind energy supplies in the
Great Plains and Upper Midwest region.
- Systems Prepare for Renewables Integration
Nov. 11, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Increasing amounts of renewable energy are being integrated into the nation's power systems, but the impacts are not uniformly understood. So, the Department of Energy set out to identify best practices as it performed a worldwide survey of operators.
- Smart grid: worth it?
Oct. 7, 2011 - Phil Carson - intelligentutility.com
Costs and benefits weighed by leading utilities
- U.S., Seeking to Reshape Electric Grid, Adopts a Power Line Rule
Oct. 7, 2011 - Matthew L. Wald - nytimes.com
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators laid down principles on Thursday for planning and paying for new power lines, part of a long-term policy effort to help the nation's electricity grid grow enough to meet the demands of renewable energy and a competitive electricity market.
- Flywheels help NY power grid runs more smoothly
Sept. 30, 2011 - news.yahoo.com
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some excess power on New York's electrical grid is being stored short-term in 200 flywheel batteries that can zap the power back into the system within seconds when needed.
- Siemens signs up for 3.5GW HVDC project to deliver US wind
Sept. 30, 2011 - rechargenews.com
Siemens has entered an exclusive agreement with Clean Line Energy Partners to provide high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) technology for its Rock Island project, which will deliver 3.5GW of wind power from the Northern Plains to Illinois and states to the east.
- Condemning Private Property to Build Transmission
Sep 21, 2011 - Ken Silverstein - renewablesbiz.com
A transmission case in Montana is getting ensnared in both the state capitol and in the local court house. It’s centered on “eminent domain” -- whether state law allows energy developers to take private property for public use.
- AeroVironment to light up I-5 with EV chargers, add 'Oregon Trail' to the Green Highway
Sept. 16, 2011 - Sean Buckley - engadget.com
Retire your oxen and sell your wagon, the Oregon Trail just went electric. Okay, not the real, historic Oregon Trail, but a respectable 150-mile stretch of Interstate Five. The Oregon Department of Transportation is teaming up with AeroVironment to dot an undisclosed number of 480-volt Level 3 chargers between the California / Oregon state border and the Willamette Valley area as part the West Coast Green Highway initiative. The project aims to cover the entire I-5 corridor with electric vehicle chargers, spanning from the tip toe of the Golden State, all the way up to Washington's hat. Oregon's leg of the project should be ready for drivers this fall, making roadtrips to the Beaver State accessible to EV owners -- dysentery free. Hit the break for dry, but factual press release.
- California's Grid Plan Ready for Renewable Power Influx
Jun 10, 2011 - BUSINESS WIRE - energycentral.com
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors yesterday approved the 2010-2011 Transmission Plan that includes 33 grid upgrades for addressing future reliability and policy-driven needs worth $1.2 billion. The approval provides a timely decision that will aid renewable power projects seeking financing. The ISO accelerated its planning process by six months so that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects could meet eligibility criteria.
- The Case for Underground Transmission
June 5, 2011 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.com
The Knoxville Utilities Board has been hit hard by the storms ravaging the southeast. While the local distributor says that it usually spends about $2 million a year on similar events, this recent one will cost it at least $1.2 million fixing transmission-related items. Would underground lines help?
- Alstom Gets Contract for High Voltage DC at Tres Amigas
May 14, 2011 - Michael Kanellos - greentechmedia.com
Alstom Grid has won the contract, worth at least 150 million Euros, to deliver the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter to the Tres Amigas Superstation.
- Condemning Private Property to Build Transmission
May 11, 2011 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.com
A transmission case in Montana is getting ensnared in both the state capitol and in the local court house. It’s centered on “eminent domain” -- whether state law allows energy developers to take private property for public use.
- No Grid, No Gain: Untangling the Transmission Tie-up
May 08, 2011 - renewableenergyworld.com
California, USA -- Great strides have been made in enacting state renewable energy standards (RES) in the United States, which significantly affect the urgency of developing new renewable energy facilities. Also called Renewable Portfolio Standards and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, over 30 states have adopted RES mandates. These initiatives are paving a path toward a more economically and environmentally sustainable and secure energy future for America.
- The Troubled Sunrise Powerlink: The Environment Versus Renewables
May 08, 2011 - energybiz.com
SUNRISE POWERLINK. THE NAME suggests the dawn of a new era of eco-friendly power, so why is the 112-mile-long high-voltage transmission line under construction by San Diego Gas & Electric, designed to bring power from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County, under fire from various environmental and civic groups? For exactly the same reasons that transmission lines come under fire whenever and wherever they're proposed: because no one wants lines and poles obstructing their view and because transmission lines don't generate anything but costs. They're hard to love and easy to oppose.
- BPA's New High-Voltage Power Line To Carry Wind Power
Apr 16, 2011 - renewgridmag.com
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) says it plans to build a new power line across southeast Washington that will carry an additional 840 MW of wind energy and provide up to 170 jobs.
- Department of Energy Finalizes Loan Guarantee for New Transmission
Project to Deliver Renewable Energy to Southwest
Feb 27, 2011 - U.s. Dept. of Energy - energy.gov
Nevada Project Expected to Create Over 400 Jobs
and Improve Grid Reliability
- Department of Energy Finalizes Loan Guarantee for New Transmission
Project to Deliver Renewable Energy to Southwest
Feb 27, 2011 - U.s. Dept. of Energy - energy.gov
Nevada Project Expected to Create Over 400 Jobs
and Improve Grid Reliability
- The Transmission Imperative for Renewables
Feb 19, 2011 - Martin Gross - renewableenergyworld.com
It's an interesting time to be involved with electricity.
The power industry is on the verge of the biggest
changes since the days of Thomas Edison and George
Westinghouse. Recent breakthroughs around the world
in power transmission systems have made it imperative
for the U.S. to develop a more intelligent, flexible,
long-haul transmission network that can carry renewable
energy from remote locations to major population
Canadian Hydroelectric Power to the USA via
February 18, 2011 - Harry Valentine
Canada has for decades, exported hydroelectric
power from Quebec and from Labrador into markets
in the northeastern USA.
A power transmission company based in Vancouver
has proposed to install a submarine power cable
along America's Pacific coast to carry electric
power from British Columbia to California.
Oct 22, 2010 - Phil Johnson - intelligentutility.com
AMONG ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND THEIR OWNERSHIP organizations,
some serve extensive geographies and therefore become
more involved in high-voltage transmission, moving
large quantities of electricity from points of generation
to load centers within their service areas, as well
as transmitting electricity to other areas on a market
to Move 57 Gigawatts
Oct 22, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
A report for transmission needs in the Upper
Midwest was recently released by the joint-venture
company that wants to access tremendous wind
- Plan Announced to
Bring Canadian Hydropower to New England
Oct 22, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
A billion-dollar hydropower transmission project
has been announced for New Hampshire, designed
to bring 1,200 MW of hydroelectric power from Canada.
- Electric Transmission Policy Goal: Lowest
Reasonable Consumer Cost
Oct 18, 2010 - PRNewswire - USNewswire
The Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy (CFTP)
said new electric transmission facilities needed
for reliability, economic savings, and satisfying
public policy requirements must be developed both
in a cost effective manner for consumers and consistent
with wholesale market competition.
- Transmission: The New Green Energy?
Oct. 14, 2010 - Christopher Perdue- intelligentutility.com
Our increasingly technology-dependent society depends upon the transmission network itself as much as on the power plants that use and feed the network.
- Integrating Renewables, Optimizing Transmission
Oct. 14, 2010 - Phil Carson - intelligentutility.com
Economics have driven smarts into the transmission system, but challenges loom that require more smarts: siting new lines, integrating renewable energy and optimizing existing lines.
- Boosting Transmission Capacity, Redux
Oct. 14, 2010 - Phil Carson - intelligentutility.com
As the grid has grown larger and more complex, it needs new lines, existing lines must acquire flexibility to integrate new power generation and lines need to operate closer to capacity.
- Vermont and Quebec Reach New Energy Agreement
Aug 18, 2010 - Marketwire
Vermont's two largest utilities and HQ Energy Services
(U.S.), a subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec, signed today
a 26-year contract that will provide renewable low-emission
- Boosting Transmission Capacity
Jul 28, 2010 - Phil Carson - intelligentutility.com
Building a smarter grid sometimes simply means optimizing existing assets, as our readers well know.
- GE & Partners Announce $200 Million Global Commitment to Accelerate Power Grid Technology Through Open Collaboration
Jul 14, 2010 - Business Wire
GE (NYSE: GE) announced today a $200 million open innovation challenge that seeks breakthrough ideas to create a smarter, cleaner, more efficient electric grid, and accelerate the adoption of more efficient grid technologies.
- Hydro-Quebec gets behind proposed transmission line to US
Jul 12, 2010 - Sylvain Larocque - The Associated Press
Hydro-Quebec is supporting the construction of a $2-billion cross-border transmission line that will run into the United States and help power New York City.
- U.S. eyes launching international entity for next-generation power grid
Jul 12, 2010 - The Associated Press
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is planning to launch an international entity to be tasked with developing a smart grid, a next-generation power transmission network, U.S. government sources said Friday.
- Heat tests improved grid, and it appears to pass
Jul 12, 2010 - Chris Kahn - The Associated Press
Well before the brutal peak of this week's East Coast heat wave, utility managers watched as overwhelmed circuits in New York shut down one by one. Hundreds of homes in Queens went dark.
- California ISO Board Approves Two Ways to Green the Grid
May 24, 2010 - Business Wire - Energy Central
The California ISO Board of Governors today approved two key changes that will help integrate renewable generating resources like wind, solar and geothermal onto the power grid faster and more efficiently.
- Zephyr power line fully subscribed
May 20, 2010 - Wyoming Business Report
TransCanada has announced that its planned Zephyr Power Transmission line has had its full 3,000 megawatts spoken for by three wind energy developers in Wyoming.
- Texas power customers will save money with new transmission lines, study says
May 20, 2010 - Jack Z. Smith - Star-Telegram
A typical Texas electricity consumer will save $160 to $355 annually on residential electric bills once $5 billion in new transmission lines are completed to deliver West Texas and Panhandle wind power to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other state population centers, according to a study released Thursday by The Perryman Group and funded by companies involved in the wind industry.
- NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and Solar Generation
May 20, 2010 - NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity by 2017. The study finds that this target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure, but does require key changes to current operational practice. The results offer a first look at the issue of adding significant amount of variable renewable energy in the West and will help utilities across the region plan how to ramp up their production of renewable energy as they incorporate more wind and solar energy plants into the power grid.
- EPRI Collaborative Aims to Improve Efficiency of Transmission Grid
May 17, 2010 - EPRI - energycentral.com
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched an industry-wide “transmission efficiency” demonstration collaborative with a group of utilities and transmission system operators that will compile and analyze performance data from transmission lines, substations and grid operations to assess the cost, benefit and technical criteria for implementing efficiency measures.
- Southern California Edison - ProLogis Agreement to Advance Grid Integration of Renewable Generation
May 17, 2010 - Edison International - renewablesbiz.com
Southern California Edison (SCE) and ProLogis today announced they have reached agreement to place up to 40 percent of SCE’s massive 250 megawatt solar panel project on ProLogis distribution warehouse roofs.
'Green' or not, power-line plan opposed
May 17, 2010 - Shelley Shelton - The Arizona Daily Star
If a recent public-input session is any indication, power transmission lines are not welcome neighbors, even if the electricity they carry is generated by renewable resources.
- Greening the Grid
May 14, 2010 - Ken Silverstein - intelligentutility.com
Utilities and environmental groups are coming together to help modernize the transmission system. It's an arduous job that requires conciliation and patience.
- A Synchrophaser Boom
May 11, 2010 - Katherine Tweed - greentechmedia.com
It’s not just a cool word—synchrophasors are key to optimizing grid automation.
- Southern California Edison Celebrates Milestone for a Major Renewable Transmission Project
May 10, 2010 - BUSINESS WIRE
The first part of a major renewable transmission project capable of providing enough clean energy to serve about 3 million homes has been completed by Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International company, and will soon be providing power.
- Neighbors pan power-line proposal
May 10, 2010 - Shelley Shelton - The Arizona Daily Star
If a public-input session held last week is any indication, power transmission lines are not welcome neighbors, even if the electricity they carry is generated by renewable resources.
- CA gets new renewable energy transmission lines
May 10, 2010 - John Antczak - Associated Press
The first phase of a huge electrical transmission system to connect wind, solar and other renewable energy sources in the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles has been completed, Southern California Edison said Tuesday.
- War Against a Wind-Rich Super Grid
May 6, 2010 - Matthew Wald - nytimes.com
After several years of debate, a coalition has emerged around the idea of a strong national electric grid, centrally planned and broadly financed, that would promote renewable energy.
- Utilities adjust to use wind
Mai 3, 2010 - Larisa Brasss - News Sentinel - energycentral.co
Wind is becoming a more widespread resource for electricity generation, but utilities tapping the breezes for power also must learn how to manage an energy source with a mind of its own.
- SPP Approves Construction of New Electric Transmission Infrastructure
Mai 3, 2010 - energycentral.com
Today the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) Board of Directors and Members Committee approved for construction a group of “priority” high voltage electric transmission projects estimated to bring benefits of at least $3.7 billion to the SPP region over 40 years.
- Niskayuna, NY, USA: GE to Study Impact of High Solar Energy Penetration on the Grid
Mai 3, 2010 - solarbuzz.com
GE researchers are working with Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility, to understand how large amounts of solar can best be integrated into today’s grid.
- Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid
Mai 3, 2010 - Tucker Ruberti - PV Powered, Inc.
Over time the electrical grid will transform into a more distributed configuration, incorporating many new energy resources, including solar.
- Power project called sensitive to environment
Apr 30, 2010 - Dan Heath - Press-Republican
Developers are touting the environmental advantages of a proposed project to bring renewable energy to New York City and Connecticut.
- $3.8B Canada-NYC Transmission Line Proposed for Renewable Power
Apr 30, 2010 - SustainableBusiness.com News
Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI) announced plans to develop a $3.8 billion power transmission line to bring renewable power to New York and New England from the U.S.-Canadian border.
- U.S. Electrical Grid Undergoes Massive Transition to Connect to Renewables
Apr 28, 2010 - Jennifer Weeks - The Daily Climate
The U.S. electrical grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth: 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines, linking thousands of generating plants to factories, homes and businesses.
- SPP Proposes New Cost Sharing Method for Expanding the Regional Electric Transmission Grid
Apr 20, 2010 - LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - energycentral.com
Today the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) Board of Directors and Regional State Committee, comprised of regulatory commissioners from seven states, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a new "Highway/Byway" method of sharing costs for electric transmission in the SPP region, which includes all or parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
- Smart grid solutions
Apr 20, 2010 - Christopher Bjorke - The Bismarck Tribune
In the future, refrigerators will talk to utility meters, meters will talk to electric companies and energy supply and demand will be more efficient.
Apr 14, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Talk about the difficulties of
building transmission and just about everybody agrees
the twin killers of any project can be siting and
- Al Gore: Super grid is critical to combating the climate crisis
Apr 9, 2010 - Lisa Sibley - Cleantech Group
An effective smart grid could help keep the United States competitive in the international marketplace, the former U.S. vice president says.
Transmission Texas Brings Largest Utility-Scale Battery in the United States to
One of Oldest Cities in Texas
April 8, 2010 /PRNewswire
Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT) dedicated the nation's largest, and Texas' first,
utility-scale battery today during ceremonies in Presidio, one of the oldest cities
transmission lines needed to realize wind-power visions
Apr 4, 2010
- Chicago Tribune
As regulators pave the way
for wind-farm development with tax credits and loosened regulations, the key challenge
facing developers is that existing transmission lines, substations and transformers
are inadequate to handle the amount of energy expected to come from wind farms
in various stages of development across the country. There's already a waiting
list for wind-farm developers who want to hook into the existing grid.
to Help California Tackle Solar Energy Grid Integration
Mar 30, 2010
- National Renewable-Energy Laboratory
The California Public Utilities
Commission has tapped experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the state stimulate solar energy research
and build a sustainable solar industry.
renewable energy zones across US, suggests think-tank
Mar 30, 2010
- The Milken Institute - renewableenergyfocus.com
A US think tank says
creating ‘competitive renewable energy zones’ would be a solution
to raise the private investment that is needed to update transmission infrastructure,
increase capacity for renewable energy and move toward the ‘smart grid.’
wind-generated power where it’s needed
Mar 28, 2010 - Julie
Wernau - chicagotribune.com
Wind energy is gaining interest and funding,
but delivering the electricity it generates requires more transmission lines
operator thinking ahead
Mar 26, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune - Luther
Turmelle - -New Haven Register
Officials with New England's regional
electric grid operator are projecting that it will have to spend billions of dollars
to build the new transmission lines needed to bring enough renewable energy into
the region if goals set by governors in the six states are to be achieved.
Power Grid Connection Wins First Approval; Texas Unresolved
2010 - Dow Jones
A transmission project to
link the nation's three major electric grids won an initial approval Thursday
from federal regulators, but fell short on its bid to resolve a thorny jurisdiction
puts its power on the line
Mar 16, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Larry Rulison - Albany Times Union, N.Y.
is New York state's largest trading partner, but what it really wants to do is
sell the Empire State lots of clean power.
DWP pulls plug on `green' power line
Mar 11, 2010 - The
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
says it has shelved plans to build an 85 mile-long "green" power transmission
line across wilderness areas in the southeastern California desert.
Saskatchewan governments commit to building bigger power grid
9, 2010 - The Associated Press
and Saskatchewan governments have agreed to more than double the capacity of the
power grid that connects the two provinces.
company proposes 2000 MW power line between Quebec and New York
2, 2010 - Sylvain Larocque - The
A Toronto company financed by U.S. investment
firm Blackstone hopes to build a 2,000-megawatt power line between Montreal's
south shore and New York City for US$3.8-billion.
Lab Releases New Analysis of the Potential Renewable Energy Supply
Feb 25, 2010 - Energy Central
Berkeley Lab and Black & Veatch developed
a new analytical tool to compare the economics of renewable resource areas for
different load areas in the Western Interconnection and how different policies
and uncertainties may affect resource selection and transmission expansion.
Feb 24, 2010 - Puil Carson - intelligentutility.com
I noticed with some relief - and the comfort of distance - a news item yesterday
that made me realize that none of us is immune from NIMBY.
the 'smart grid'
Feb 8, 2010 - Billings Gazette, Billings, renewablesbiz.com
Borgquist doesn't build wind farms, rather he's got a plan for collecting
and transmitting wind power. Ultimately, he hopes to gather enough wind-generated
electricity to equal the output of Hoover Dam, or two coal-fired power plants
Feb 8, 2010 - Warren Causey - Energy biz insider
The strains to our transmission system have been evident for some time.
to Link the Nation's Grid Sparks a Debate
Feb 3, 2010 - Peter Behr
- The New York Times
The Tres Amigas transmission project in New Mexico,
which seeks to link the nation's three power grids to share wind power across
the United States, has attracted both eager allies and some determined foes.
Manitoba premiers talk electricity trade at joint cabinet meeting
Feb 3, 2010 - The Associated Press
Saskatchewan and Manitoba say an electricity
system that joins the provinces could strengthen their economic ties, just as
the railroad helped to unify Canada.
River Associates' SPP Wind Integration Study Identifies Challenges
Jan 19, 2010 - LITTLE ROCK - ARKANSAS
Wind Integration Task Force (WITF),
found that enhanced electricity reserves and major transmission reinforcements
are needed to integrate higher levels of wind generation into the SPP transmission
system and energy markets.
Reliance calls for regional transmission system
Jan 18, 2010 - Energy
Fort Reliance today called for a regional transmission system
in Eastern Canada to foster energy collaboration across political boundaries.
A shared transmission system would lower energy costs, improve carbon emissions
performance, lay the foundation for a smart grid, and facilitate economic development.
To advance this cooperative approach to regional infrastructure and to jointly
develop with interested partners new transmission projects in the range of $1-2
billion, the company has formed a new joint venture company: Portage Energy Limited.
Investor Groups Urge Tougher Action On Climate Change
2010 - Naureen Malik - Dow Jones Newswires
Investor groups representing
$13 trillion in assets Thursday urged the U.S. and other governments to put in
place stronger policies to curb climate change, warning political uncertainty
surrounding the issue stunts development and exposes companies to considerable
Renewables Signs Its Largest PPA Ever with TVA, Power to Come from Illinois' Largest
Jan 14, 2010 - Business Wire
the largest provider of wind power in the world, today announced its biggest power
purchase agreement (PPA) ever with a new customer, the Tennessee Valley Authority
(TVA). TVA will purchase 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy from Iberdrola
Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project under construction
near the villages of Odell and Emington, Illinois, south of Chicago.
Energy and Great Basin Transmission bring Nevada transmission in line with renewables
Jan 12, 2010 - NewNet
NYSE-listed holding company NV
Energy and Great
Basin Transmission, an affiliate of LS Power, have signed an agreement to
jointly own a 500KV transmission line, which will provide access to isolated renewable
energy resources in parts of northern and eastern Nevada.
power lines like one in NH could help power the future
Jan 4, 2010
- David Brooks - The Telegraph - McClatchy TRN
The future of the nation's
power grid -- perhaps the world's power grids -- depends on a technology that
Nashua area commuters have been driving past for two decades without noticing:
High-voltage DC transmission.
Power Reaches Milestone in Renewable Energy Efforts with Purchase of Interstate
Jan 4, 2010 - Business Wire
an ALLETE company (NYSE: ALE), has finalized the purchase of a 465-mile transmission
line, signaling a new era of renewable energy transport and development for the
and benefits of 2G Superconducting Wire for Transmission
Dec 31, 2009
* Enhances Efficiency: Superconductor Electricity Pipelines
are able to cut power losses by two to three times when compared with conventional
energy projects will get swift U.S. permitting
Dec 30, 2009 - Matthew
Preusch The Oregonia - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
The Bureau of Land
Management has chosen 31 renewable energy and transmission projects, including
one in Oregon, for expedited permitting in order to make them eligible for stimulus
efforts gain stimulus nod
Dec 28, 2009 - Kate Rowland - Energy Central
Last Friday, with very little hoopla and fanfare, the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) announced $60 million in stimulus funding to support transmission
planning for the country's three interconnection transmission networks.
power grid being planned today
Dec 23, 2009 - Dick Hagen - McClatchy-Tribune
Be it new livestock facilities, wind turbines or
electric transmission lines, the NIMBY syndrome ("not in my backyard") continues
to surface from land owners, home owners and project detractors who aren't always
excited about new economic development projects.
Network: Transmission or Meter Investments
Dec 23, 2009 - Kate Rowland
- Energy Central
It's as old a debate as the chicken and the egg, and
as complicated as the Gordian knot. Should utilities tackle transmission or customers
first when making investments in a smarter grid?
Integrates Additional MW of Flywheel Storage on New England Grid
21, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Beacon Power Corporation has successfully
connected and integrated an additional megawatt (MW) of flywheel energy storage
on the New England power grid. This brings the company's total installed capacity
to 3 MW, all of which are operation and earning revenue from frequency regulation
State Grid May Build US Power Lines -Sources
Dec 21, 2009 - Energy
Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) is in talks with State Grid Corp., China's
biggest electricity distributor, over a joint venture that may involve installing
power transmission lines in the U.S., according to two people familiar with the
Approves Southern California Edison Tehachapi Transmission Project
Dec 18, 2009 - Renew
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved
Southern California Edison's (SCE) application
to build segments of its Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) - the
first major transmission project in California designed specifically to access
multiple renewable generation sources.
money goes to states to study power transmission
Dec 18, 2009 -McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman, Boise
Department of Energy awarded the Western Governors' Association $12 million to
help 11 states plan for new electric transmission.
Amigas Files with FERC for America's First Renewable Energy Transmission Hub
Dec 9, 2009 - Business Wire
Tres Amigas, LLC today announced that it
has submitted filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting
regulatory approvals needed to move forward with the Tres Amigas SuperStation,
America's first renewable energy transmission hub.
New power lines key to Colo. CO2 goals - 2
Dec 8, 2009 - The Associated
Colorado needs new, well-planned transmission lines to meet its goal
of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, a state report says.
New power lines key to Colo. CO2 goals
Dec 7, 2009 - The Associated
A new report says existing state policies will get Colorado to about
only 40 percent of the way to its carbon-reduction goals and that new, well-planned
transmission lines are key to success.
California Edison's Solar Transmission Line Approved
Nov 30, 2009
- Wall Street Journal
Southern California Edison (SCE) has received approval
from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the construction of
the 128-mile, 500 kV Devers Palo-Verde No. 2 line, which is designed to deliver
solar power to demand centers in Southern California.
struggle over towers
Nov 24, 2009- Record - The Bergen County, - N.J.
global warming with a "green superhighway" of high- voltage power lines -- that
large groups of consumers then have to pay for -- could be bad news for New Jersey,
say state leaders, environmental activists and utility companies.
Konrad: We need transmission!
Nov 22, 2009 - Marc Gunther - The Energy
Today’s guest post comes from Tom Konrad, Ph.D., an
investment analyst specializing in clean energy. Tom, who is 40, and calls
himself a policy wonk, lives in Denver and writes about stock market investments
in clean energy at his excellent blog, AltEnergyStocks.com.
Tom wrote this article in response to a column by John Farrell (which we
published here) arguing that localized, distributed renewable energy sources are
preferable to massive transmission lines. Tom’s response
first appeared on his blog Clean Energy Wonk, where he writes about energy
policy and economics. John replied in the comments there if you want to
dig deeper into this controversy.
celebrates landmark power technology
Nov 19, 2009 - Energy Central
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today celebrates
the 10th anniversary of the world's first commercial HVDC Light installation,
a technological innovation that has opened up new possibilities in power transmission.
Flywheels Help Balance Electricity Supply and Demand?
Nov 19, 2009
- Michael Burnham - Scientific American
Beacon Power Corp. broke ground
today on a 20-megawatt, energy-storage facility in southeastern New York.
Nov 18, 2009 - Matthew L. Wald - Teh New York
TECHNOLOGY and policy are coming together to promise electricity
as abundant as sunshine and as freely available as the breeze — and about
on call: Oncor's secret North Texas grid management center
2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jack Z. Smith Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
People take electricity for granted -- until the lights fail to
come on in the morning or there's no air conditioning on a scorching July afternoon.
Unveils Initiative to Improve Transmission System Efficiency
2009 - Business Wire
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) disclosed
plans today for an industry-wide "transmission efficiency" demonstration collaborative
that will identify technologies leading to greater efficiency in the bulk power
system, an increase in system utilization and a reduction in line and equipment
buying energy transmission assets
Oct 30, 2009 - The Associated Press
North America's largest utility company Hydro-Quebec has announced it will
pay 4.7 billion Canadian dollars ($4.4 billion) for transmission lines of New
Brunswick Power, a deal that would help the company secure greater access to electricity
markets in the U.S.
plans undersea power cable
Oct 30, 2009 - Mark
Niesse - The Associated Press
Hawaii is moving forward with plans
to build an undersea cable to carry wind-generated electricity from Maui County
to power-hungry Honolulu.
Federal Agencies Agree to Expedite Permitting of Power Transmission Construction
on Federal Lands
Oct 28, 2009 - U.S. Department of the Interior
Obama Administration officials today released a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) signed by nine Federal Departments and Agencies to make it faster and simpler
to build transmission lines on Federal lands. The goal of the agreement is to
speed approval of new transmission lines, reduce expense and uncertainty in the
process, generate cost savings, increase accessibility to renewable energy and
jumpstart job creation.
to Announce Plan to Modernize Nation's Electric Power System
2009 - Chicago Tribune
President Barack Obama and administration officials
on Tuesday will announce $3.4 billion in spending projects to modernize the nation's
electric power system.
helps put flywheel battery plan in motion
Oct 15, 2009 - The Assoiated
A plan to build an array of 200 flywheel batteries to store spare
power from New York's electrical grid and transmit it back when needed has been
approved by state regulators.
connects U.S. grids to transport solar, wind
Oct 13, 2009 - Martin
LaMonica - cnet.com
A proposal to use superconducting cables to transport
renewable energy across the United States will be unveiled Tuesday.
for renewables: coloring the US grid green
Oct 6, 2009 - Elisa Wood
- Renewable Energy World.Com
Renegades, some may call them, but people
have lived off-grid for decades by relying exclusively on solar panels for electricity.
Disconnected from their local utility, they have no central back-up and no reliability.
Most solar electric users are less extreme. They remain connected to the utility
and use a combination of solar and grid power.
Tackles Interstate Transmission
October 5, 2009
More than 50% of the best class 5 - 7 winds in the Western U.S.
occur in southern Wyoming. Southern California's population is expected to grow
by 74% by 2030 to 23 million residents, and will need all the low-cost renewable
power it can get. How do you build a transmission line to carry that clean electricity
across mountain ranges, sensitive wildlife habitat and 1,000 miles of public and
private property in as many as five states?
Calls for Transmission Policy That Gives Equal Access for all Renewables and Minimizes
Sep 30, 2009 - PR Newswire
chairman, president and CEO of PSEG, today called for transmission policy that
gives equal access to all renewable projects and minimizes cost. He also warned
that the proposal for a subsidized national build out of a transmission superhighway
to move renewable energy from the center of the country to the coasts is economically
unjustified and environmentally self-defeating.
One plans major power line expansion
Sep 29, 2009 - Hydro Review
State-owned Hydro One said it will invest C$2.3 billion
over three years on new power line projects in hopes of delivering more hydropower
to homes and businesses across Ontario.
of Energy Announces Start of Western Area Power Administration Recovery Act Project
Sep 16, 2009 - U.S. Department of Energy
WASHINGTON, DC – With the goal of bringing new jobs and green power
to the West, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today a large-scale transmission
project to be financed using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act. The Western Area Power Administration will use borrowing authority under
the Recovery Act to help build the $213 million Montana-Alberta Tie Limited (MATL)
transmission project between Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta. Almost
two-thirds of the 214-mile transmission line will be located on U.S. soil, creating
American jobs and allowing for the continued expansion of renewable energy production.
urges $3 billion on transmission lines in NV
Sept 6, 2009 - The
A state committee is recommending that power
companies spend about $3 billion on transmission lines to connect possible renewable
energy sites in rural Nevada to existing lines.
seeks federal help in plans for power transmission line to New Brunswick
Sept 3, 2009 - The Associated Press
Edward Island has requested federal stimulus funding for a new energy transmission
line to New Brunswick so the Island can export more wind power to New England.
Transmission Texas Signs Contract for Largest Utility- Scale Battery in the U.S.
Sept 1, 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) has completed a contract with NGK- Locke, Inc. for
a state-of-the-art, sodium-sulfur 4-megawatt NAS((R)) battery system, which will
be installed in Presidio, Texas. ETT is a joint venture between American Electric
Power (NYSE: AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (MidAmerican).
access to N.B. transmission lines could hamper P.E.I. wind power export plans
Aug 25, 2009 - Teresa Wright - Charlottetown Guardian - The Associated
A P.E.I. plan to export wind energy to New England may be in jeopardy
now that New Brunswick says it has no room for Island power on its transmission
SVC solution to help strengthen Mexican power grid
Aug 21, 2009 -
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group,
has won an order from Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to provide
a Static VAr Compensator (SVC) solution to help strengthen the transmission grid
in southern Mexico. The unit will be installed at the La Ventosa substation, close
to the city of Ixtepec in the state of Oaxaca.
MidAmerican Transmission Joint Venture Sponsors Study of Transmission Options
to Transport Renewable Energy Across Upper Midwest
Aug 18, 2009 -
Electric Transmission America (ETA), a transmission joint
venture of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings
Company, has joined with American Transmission Company, Exelon Corporation (NYSE:
EXC), NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE) and MidAmerican Energy Company, a subsidiary
of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, to sponsor a comprehensive study of the
transmission needed in the Upper Midwest to support renewable energy development
and to transport that energy to consumers in markets to the east.
2A Final Report-Conceptual Transmission Plan for Access to Renewable Energy Announced
Aug 13, 2009 - Energy Central
The Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
(RETI) today announced the availability of its Phase 2A Report -- a conceptual
transmission plan that evaluates the usefulness of potential transmission lines
in accessing and delivering renewable energy. The plan is intended to help enable
development and approval of renewable energy infrastructure in ways that minimize
the economic cost, environmental impacts, and number of new transmission facilities.
Transmission Line to Carry 575 Megawatts of Wind Power
Aug 12, 2009
DOE announced on Monday that construction is underway for the
McNary-John Day transmission project in Oregon and Washington, funded by $343
million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project, part of
the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission system, is expected to
deliver more than 575 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated power across the West by
early 2012. The 79-mile McNary-John Day line will run from the McNary Substation
in Oregon, across the Columbia River into Washington, and back into Oregon, where
it will end at the John Day Substation. It is one of four proposed transmission
lines that together would add 225 miles of high-voltage power transmission to
the Pacific Northwest, delivering about 2,800 MW of renewable energy to the region.
See the DOE
press release and the BPA fact sheet on the proposed projects (PDF
Reid: FERC Needs Ability to Condemn Land, Site Power Lines
2009 - Dow Jones
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday
offered his strongest call yet in favor of empowering federal regulators to decide
where to build new power lines, saying that the authority was necessary to overcome
loom for nation's power grid
Aug 8, 2009 - Christopher Martin and
Mario Parker - New Jersey Business News
President Obama's push for wind
and solar energy to wean the United States from foreign oil carries a hidden cost:
overburdening the nation's electrical grid and increasing the threat of blackouts.
Jul 31, 2009 - Kate Rowland - Energybiz
There will be no magic involved in adding new renewable energy
to the electricity mix. It will involve long-distance transmission lines -- lines
that, in some instances, have yet to be built.
electric grid needs major overhaul-utility
Jul 23, 2009 - Tom Doggett
The U.S. electric grid is outdated and needs a major overhaul
if it is to carry electricity generated by renewable energy sources, a senior
official with Southern California Edison told Congress on Thursday.
Jul 22, 2009 - Ken Silverstein - Michigan Green
Not long ago, the notion
of adding reliability and intelligence to utility operations seemed arcane and
dull. Now it has become vogue. The latest such advance is in the area of reducing
transmission line losses and thereby increasing reliability.
Resources Intends to Help Develop Green Power Express Transmission Project
Jul 7, 2009 - Business Wire
MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) announced
today that it intends to participate with ITC Holdings Corp. in developing the
Green Power Express transmission project, which would transport renewable energy
from wind-rich Plains states to major metropolitan markets.
Power Grid is Vital for Alternative Energy in Kansas
Jul 5, 2009
- The Wichita Eagle
Behind every graceful
wind farm generating power stands the decidedly less-glamorous high-voltage lines
announces $8.1 billion energy plan
Jun 8, 2009 - Richard Gilbert -
Journal of Commerce
Billions of dollars worth of electricity transmission
projects may soon start construction in Alberta.
poll finds transmission constraints a barrier for US wind
Jun 3, 2009
Transmission/interconnection constraints have
been identified as the greatest barrier to wind energy development, according
to a poll conducted by NRG Systems at the recent Windpower 2009 Conference.
hearings seek transmission line project input
Jun 3, 2009 - Julie
Carter - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
A public scoping process has begun to identify issues involved in a proposal
to construct a high-voltage 500 kilovolt (KV) power transmission line across southern
New Mexico and Arizona.
to send electricity across the continent, virtually for free
2009 - Michael Lemonick - Newsweek
Remember the Woodstock of Physics?
Probably not. Back in the spring of 1987, though, headlines were trumpeting it
as the most exciting scientific meeting in history. Three thousand physicists
crammed into a ballroom at the New York Hilton to talk about superconductivity-the
transmission of electricity with literally zero resistance. The technology was
suddenly within reach of being economical.
Edison Cuts Arizona From Transmission Plans
MAY 15, 2009 - Cassandra
Sweet - Wall Street Journal ( online.wsj.com)
SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Edison
International (EIX) unit Southern California Edison said Friday it's scrapping
plans to build a high-voltage transmission line to Arizona, while keeping plans
to build a new line in California.
Transmission Bill Will Help Modernize Grid
May 14, 2009 - PRNewswire
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) praises U.S. Senate Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today for completing action
on legislation that would take needed steps to modernize America's aging energy
infrastructure. The proposal calls for reforms to the primary roadblocks the nation
faces in developing a truly modern energy grid including how it plans, pays for
and sites needed transmission projects. Specifically, the bill enables the development
of an interconnection-wide transmission plan, calls for federal backstop to existing
state siting authority and delegates cost-allocation authority to FERC through
a rulemaking process.
team up to build transmission lines
May 14, 2009 - The Associated
DENVER - Two utilities are seeking approval to build transmission
lines across southern Colorado to serve a growing population and carry more electricity
from renewable energy.
for wind power eyed in South Dakota
May 9 - Scott Waltman - The Associated Press
ABERDEEN, S.D. - As
the number of wind turbines scattered along the South Dakota skyline continues
to grow, moving the energy they provide out of the state requires a fundamental
chairman wants electric grid spending
May 5, 2009 - The
The country's top energy regulator says the federal
government needs to spend much more money on improving the country's electrical
Grid May Be Needed, But So Is Smarter Use (Part 10)
May 1, 2009 -
Richard Harris - npr.org
Power companies are planning to beef up the
nation's electricity transmission grid. At the same time, conservationists are
trying to reduce the vast amount of power wasted in Americans' homes and offices.
That raises a question: If we simply used energy more efficiently, would we need
to spend billions of dollars on a new grid?
Energy Innovation Create A 'Green Bubble'? (Part 9)
May 1, 2009 -
Jeff Brady - npr.org
One argument for a major overhaul of the U.S. electricity
grid is to encourage the development of more renewable sources of energy, such
and solar. President Obama certainly has gotten behind green energy, and his
administration is part of a concerted effort to help the industry grow.
Workers Find Opportunity In Power Industry (Part 8)
Apr 30, 2009 -
Larry Abramson - npr.org
Many in the utility industry worry that the
most vulnerable part of the power system is its work force, as a wave of retirements
is depleting the supply of linemen and other craftsmen who keep the lights on.
Industry Sees New Phase In Energy Use (Part 7)
Apr 30, 2009 - Jeff
Brady - npr.org
The U.S. electricity grid is in the midst of a revolution.
It has a track record of 99.97 percent reliability, but there are plans for a
massive overhaul of the grid to accommodate increasing demand and more renewable
forms of energy, like wind and solar.
of New EHV Transmission Projects Approved
29, 2009 - Little Rock, Arkansas
The Southwest Power Pool, Inc.
(SPP) Regional State Committee and Board of Directors/Members Committee approved
a long-awaited group of extra high voltage economic transmission expansion upgrade
projects totaling over $700 million, to be funded by the application of Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission-approved “postage stamp” rates to SPP’s
transmission-owning members across the region. The benefits of this group of transmission
upgrades have been demonstrated by model analysis to outweigh the costs, thus
achieving a “balanced portfolio” of projects. The overall cost of
generation to serve SPP’s load should be reduced by an amount exceeding
investment in the grid. This portfolio of projects will also reduce congestion
on the SPP transmission system, and may provide other benefits such as increased
reliability and lower end-use consumer costs.
Grid May Be Smart, But Will It Also Be Green? (Part 6)
Apr 29, 2009
- Richard Harris - npr.org
The push is on to make the nation's aging
electricity grid smarter, so it can handle growing demand for electricity. Many
assume that a smart grid will also be a green grid — delivering clean electricity
and helping to address climate change. But that's not necessarily so.
Challenge: Constant Current From Fickle Winds (Part 5)
Apr 29, 2009
- Elizabeth Shogren - npr.org
Like lots of other farmers and ranchers
in the northern Plains, Joel Keierleber has been flirting with wind power developers
Meter Saves Big Bucks For Pa. Family (Part 4)
Apr 28, 2009 - Elizabeth
Shogren - npr.org
Tammy Yeakel had an unusual request for her 44th birthday
present: a storm door. This stay-at-home mom from Allentown, Pa., got the idea
from the Web site of her electric company, PPL Corp.
Power Lines Creates A Web Of Problems (Part 3)
Apr 28, 2009 - Christopher
Joyce - npr.org
To create a new energy economy using much more solar
and wind power, the Obama administration needs to build thousands of miles of
new transmission lines. Despite the promise that these are needed to get more
green energy from solar and wind generators, the proposal faces a host of obstacles.
Green Challenge: Make Renewables Reliable (Part 2)
Apr 27, 2009 -
Christopher Joyce - npr.org
The Obama administration wants to rebuild
the national electric grid that delivers power to everyone's toasters and televisions.
One reason is that the grid can't handle all the new solar and wind power the
president wants to build to create a greener energy economy.
Aged Electric Grid Looks To A Brighter Future (Part 1)
Apr 27, 2009
- Jeff Brady - npr.org
The nation's electricity grid is facing some huge
challenges — it's outdated and unprepared for increasing demand and a future that
includes more renewable sources of energy. In a weeklong series, NPR is examining
the state of the nation's electricity infrastructure.
Time in Congress
Apr 24, 2009 - Chris Madison - RenewableEnergyWorld
In spite of the associated complex issues that must be confronted, legislation
is in the works.
asked to reopen power line debate
Apr 16, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Leslie Brooks Suzukamo Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
A $1.7 billion plan by eight regional utilities to build three high-voltage
power lines across Minnesota has been slogging through the regulatory process
grants incentives for Midwest "Green" transmission superhighway
Apr 13, 2009 - FERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved
transmission infrastructure investment rate incentives for a proposed 3,000-mile
regional “green power superhighway” designed to deliver wind-powered
renewable energy from the upper Midwest to consumers in and around Chicago, Minneapolis
and other load centers.
part of high-voltage line study
Apr 5, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Becky Kramer The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Avista Corp. and three other utilities are exploring the possibility of building
a high-voltage transmission line that would stretch roughly 1,000 miles from southern
British Columbia to the San Francisco area.
Suspends 190-Mile New York Power Line Project
Apr 3, 2009 - Dow
Jones & Company, Inc
The New York Regional Interconnect said
Friday it is suspending plans to build a 190-mile power line in the state, saying
a recent decision by federal regulators makes the $2.1 billion project too risky.
signs historic deal to sell Churchill Falls power to U.S.
Apr 2, 2009
- The Associated Press
Newfoundland and Labrador
has reached a deal to transmit hydroelectricity through Quebec and sell it to
lucrative North American markets, giving the province a new foothold in power-hungry
jurisdictions, Premier Danny Williams said Thursday.
Grid signs $500-million transmission-line upgrade contract
2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - C. Eugene Emery Jr.
The Providence Journal, R.I.
National Grid, the state's primary
electricity utility, signed a five-year deal with two companies Tuesday to help
build new transmission lines and upgrade existing lines, while providing jobs
for about 200 Rhode Islanders over the life of the accord.
to the People: 7 Ways to Fix the Grid, Now
Mar 23, 2009 - Brendan
I. Koerner - Wired Magazine
A mish-mash of 9,200 generators streams vital
electrons along 300,000 miles of aging, inefficient transmission lines and one
untrimmed tree in the wrong place could plunge a quarter of the country into darkness.
This is our electric grid. A whopping 40 percent of all the energy used in the
US—be it oil, gas, wind, or solar—is converted into electrons that travel over
these wires. Any attempt at energy reform must begin here.
Obama admin faces 21st-century grid vs. public lands conundrum
12, 2009 - Scott Streater, special to E&E
By any standard, the planned
Navajo Transmission Project ranks as one of the nation's most ambitious power
grid expansions, the kind government and industry experts say is essential to
shoring up electricity reliability across the power-hungry West.
Mar 10, 2009 - Peter Dupey - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Clean Power and the Political, Economic and Environmental Imperative for a New
Energy Infrastructure by Peter Dupey, CEO, Acciona Energy North America
United States is already one of the world's most attractive wind energy markets
and despite signs of a slow down, the sector could achieve far, far more. With
a new administration in the White House comes an opportunity to address some of
the key barriers to continued wind sector growth. Obama has already more than
hinted at a programme of accerated grid development and more renewables, and here,
Peter Duprey explains, the development of a new type of transmission system must
indeed be a priority.
reconsider Navajo power line decision
Mar 7, 2009 - Felicia
Fonseca - The Associated Press
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management
is reconsidering a decision on a right-of-way easement for an electrical transmission
line that is expected to carry energy from the Navajo Nation to areas across the
electrical lines win judge's recommendation
Mar 3, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Leslie Brooks Suzukamo Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
An administrative law judge is recommending that the Minnesota Public Utilities
Commission approve three high-voltage transmission lines that would crisscross
the state and connect near the Twin Cities.
Feb 27, 2009 - energycentral.com
have always been the transportation workhorses of the electric grid. Directing
electrical current from generation to substation, these aging electricity highways
have traditionally lacked intelligence.
Approves New Transmission Development Approach
Feb 26, 2009 - SustainableBusiness.com
Two transmission companies owned by TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) have proposed
a new model for developing much needed electricity transmission in the U.S.
Interior Secretary Says Department Will Play Large Role in Transmission
Feb 24, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary
of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in a roundtable with many of the nation's
top leaders at a summit examining how development of renewable energy in conjunction
with a "National Clean Energy Smart Grid" is an economic, environmental and national
OKs Rates For 2 TransCanada Transmission Lines In US
Feb 19, 2009
- Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Federal regulators approved power shipping
rates Thursday for two high-voltage electric transmission lines that TransCanada
Corp. (TRP) plans to build in the western U.S.
(Not Financial Ones) Await Electric Grid Update
Feb 6, 2009 - Matthew
L. Wald - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Environmentalists dream of
a bigger and “smarter” electric grid that could move vast amounts of clean electricity
from windswept plains and sunny deserts to distant cities.
to export green electricity to L.A.
Feb 4, 2009 - Associated Press
The Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, has signed an agreement with
Los Angeles that opens the way for the Mexican state-owned power company to sell
electricity generated from renewable energy sources to the Southern California
Agency of Northern California Transmission Project Will Improve Reliability and
Provide Needed Access to In-State Renewable Power
Feb 02, 2009 --
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Transmission Agency of Northern
California (TANC) announced today that it has completed a year-long collaborative
effort to examine the regional transmission impacts of its planned TANC Transmission
Project (TTP). The final analysis of the Sub-Regional Planning Group (SRPG) concluded
that the addition of the TTP would benefit the reliability of the Northern California
transmission grid and could allow for the integration of at least 1600 MW of new
Grows For Modernizing Energy Grid; Electricity Industry On High-tech Cusp
Feb 1, 2009 - Paul Davidson - theautochannel.com -Chase Edition
energy is taking it on the chin this recession, with solar and wind developers
canceling projects and laying off workers. But a far more obscure slice of the
energy sector is hotter than ever: the electricity grid.
Approves $5B Worth of Transmission Line Projects
Jan 29, 2009 - Ucilia
Wang - greentechmedia.com
The state needs to improve its electric grid
in order to manage the huge growth in wind energy generation. by: Ucilia Wang
Bullet Arro In a move to boost its inadequate electric transmission network, Texas
awarded $5 billion worth of transmission projects to nearly a dozen companies.
Grid Plans $1.7B for Electric Transmissions in New York, New England
Jan 27, 2009 - Ucilia Wang - greentechnmedia.com
The company expects
to sign contracts with two companies to build transmission lines and substations
in the next five years.
Benefits from Smart Grid
Jan 23, 2009 - Carol Ray - UtiliPoint International,
We are all, with few exceptions, being asked to operate in a new
economic environment where nothing is consistent but change. Economic models are
rewritten and financial plans revised but the future is more uncertain. As our
country and most of the world await an economic recovery, those of us in the utility
industry press forward, striving not only to keep the lights on but to also help
pave the way for a better future ushered in via a two-way digital smart grid network
that promises operational efficiencies and environmental improvements compared
to the existing system that our fathers and grandfathers engineered some fifty
years ago. But are the benefits realistic given the economic change of the past
Smart Grid: An Introduction (pdf) 4.4MB
Jan 9, 2009 - U.S. Department
This report (PDF) explains what a smart grid is, the benefits
of a smarter electrical grid and what the Department of Energy is doing to put
a smart grid in place. "The Smart Grid" overviews the status of the U.S.'s electrical
guild, why it needs to be improved and what technologies (both available today
or in the future) comprise a smarter, safer, more-efficient grid.
Alliance Releases Smart Grid Jobs Report
Jan 6, 2009 - /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a Smart Grid Jobs Report
released today by the GridWise Alliance, it is estimated that up to 280,000 new
jobs can be created directly from the deployment of smart grid technologies. The
report explains that Federal investment in a smart grid could act as a catalyst
for these planned and immediate direct jobs as well as spawn many indirect jobs.
Report Proposes $3 Billion in Transmission Improvements
Jan 7, 2009
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is reviewing
proposed transmission projects for the next five years totaling $3 billion, the
state’s main grid operator said in a report filed with the Public Utilities Commission
power grid redesign may save $5.6 bln-study
Dec 19, 2008 - Reuters
HOUSTON - A delayed redesign of Texas' system for setting the cost of electricity
on its power grid could save consumers more than $5.6 billion over 10 years, according
to a study filed with Texas regulators on Thursday.
Regulators OK Sempra Utility $2 Billion Transmission Line
2008 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Sempra Energy (SRE) unit San Diego Gas
& Electric Co. won approval Thursday to build, at customers' expense, a $2 billion
transmission line in California's Sonoran Desert, which the company said it would
use primarily to transport renewable power.
To File for Transmission Development to Connect Wind in Southern Alberta
Dec. 16, 2008 - Marketwire
Calgary - The Alberta Electric System Operator
(AESO), as planner of Alberta's electric transmission system (or "grid"), will
recommend the construction of a 240 kilovolt (kV) Loop system to connect up to
2,700 megawatts (MW) of wind power proposed throughout southern Alberta over the
next ten years. The AESO will file its assessment and recommendation with the
Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) by the end of this year.
Transmission for Wind Moving Forward in Kansas, Oklahoma
Dec 15, 2008
- Wind Energy Weekly
Two high-voltage transmission lines that could integrate
up to 5,800 MW of wind power took a significant step forward recently with approval
of the projects’ transmission rate incentives by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Seek Bigger, Greener Power Grid
Dec 14, 2008 - McClatchy Washington
WASHINGTON - Seventy-five years ago, during the height of the
Great Depression, one of the largest public works projects of the New Deal began
to take shape on the banks of the Columbia River in eastern Washington.
MAPP Transmission Line Continues to Add Benefits
Dec 04, 2008 - BUSINESS
WASHINGTO - Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM) continues to make progress
in expanding the benefits for its Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) high-voltage
transmission line by increasing the line's reliability to carry electricity and
providing greater access to broadband Internet for the Delmarva Peninsula.
to Pursue Development of Transmission Superhighway to Transport Renewable Energy
Across the Upper Midwest
Dec. 2, 2008 - /PRNewswire-FirstCal
American Electric Power is evaluating
the feasibility of building a multi-state, extra-high voltage transmission project
across the Upper Midwest to support the development of renewable energy.
is 100 percent over budget on revamp of Texas electric grid
2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jim Fuquay Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
The operator of the state's largest electricity grid said it is
more than 100 percent over budget and two years behind schedule on its ongoing
program to modernize the transmission system.
continues push for 'electric superhighway'
Nov 10 - James MacPherson
- The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens says
he's picking up support in North Dakota and elsewhere for a nationwide "electric
transmission superhighway" to help develop more power from the wind and sun.
Year Outlook for Electric Reliability Highlights Environmental Initiatives, Transmission
among Key Concerns
October 23, 2008 - North American Electric
Reliability Corporations (NERC)
The impact of environmental initiatives
and the need for transmission infrastructure are among the most important issues
facing electric reliability in North America over the coming ten years, the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced today in its 2008 Long-Term
Reliability Assessment. While the total miles of transmission additions have increased
slightly over the 2007 report, generation additions are projected to significantly
outpace new transmission development.
Grows for National Transmission Grid
Oct 21, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Suggesting an increasingly loud drumbeat for a model urged by wind advocates,
several panelists voiced the need for a national electric grid at an October 14
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference.
transmission grid in line for major overhaul: Minnesota utilities say upgrades
are needed to get energy to their customers
Oct 18, 2008 - H.J. Cummins
-Star Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Minneapolis- Every morning,
when Minnesotans hit the brew button on their coffee makers, tune their radios
to the news and turn down their thermostats, they are using bits of electricity
that reach them through a giant circulation system of energy: the state's power
Grid: Dream or Reality?
Oct 16, 2008 - Ucilia Wang - greentechmedia.com
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell told a solar conference crowd that she will tackle
the complex issue of regulating utilities and building new transmission lines
at a time when money is tough to come by.
Dakota Wind Farm Begins Operations, Allowing First Two Midwest Universities to
Be 100% Powered By Renewable Energy
Oct 15, 2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Babcock & Brown and Heartland Consumers Power District announced today that
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds dedicated the Wessington Springs Wind farm,
located just south of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The 51-megawatt (MW) Wessington
Springs Wind Farm will provide clean and renewable energy to the University of
South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU), which become the
first universities in the Midwest to be powered with 100% renewable energy.
Political Momentum Grows For US National Transmission Grid
2008 - Dow Jones - Newswires
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Momentum is growing
in Washington for a federal high- voltage power grid to spark growth of U.S. renewable
energy supplies and decrease the country's dependence on energy imports.
PJM Auction Awards First Long-Term Financial Transmission Rights
10, 2008 - PRNewswire
PJM Interconnection's first auction for long-term
financial transmission rights (FTRs) cleared 23,348 megawatts of transmission
rights for periods up to four years in the future.
- Austin Energy
Launches One of the First Smart Grid Deployments in the Nation
2008- Business Wire
Texas utility Austin Energy is embarking on the
first phase of its smart grid deployment, which is also one of the first in the
nation. This phase-one deployment will help Austin Energy to better manage its
assets using GE Energy's smart grid software solutions. The software will improve
Austin Energy's ability to prevent outages and quickly restore power if outages
GE combine powers to bolster energy grid
Sep 17, 2008 - The Associated
NEW YORK - Google Inc. and General Electric Co. said Wednesday
they will work together to improve the nation's energy network, including the
development of a "smart grid."
Colstrip Transmission System Partners Announce Agreement to Evaluate Potential
Upgrade to 500kV Lines to Accommodate Renewables
Sep 2, 2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
NorthWestern Energy today announced that it and three other ownership
partners in the Colstrip Transmission System (CTS) have agreed to proceed with
a study of potential upgrades to the existing 500-kilovolt (kV) system in Montana.
NorthWestern Energy, Puget Sound Energy , PacifiCorp, and Portland General Electric
will work together to identify and evaluate one or more potential system upgrades
that may accommodate the transmission of wind and other renewable generation.
Utilities to Cooperate on Major High-Voltage Transmission Project
Sep 2, 2008 - /PRNewswire-FirstCall
Hays, Kan. - Mid-Kansas Electric
Company (Mid-Kansas) and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (Sunflower) have
reached an agreement with ITC Great Plains LLC (ITC Great Plains) designating
ITC Great Plains to build two of the three sections that will comprise the proposed
Kansas V-Plan transmission project.
Bay Cable Project Receives Final Approval
Aug 16, 2008 - /PRNewswire/
SAN FRANCISCO - International Investment and advisory firm Babcock & Brown
announced today that it has received approval from the Bay Conservation and Development
Commission (BCDC) in San Francisco for its proposed High Voltage Direct Current
(HVDC) transmission line. This key decision is the final approval required for
the Project. Contractual arrangements for the project are presently being finalised
and construction of the approximately US$450 million project is expected to commence
in the fourth quarter of 2007 with completion expected in 2010.
and Duke to Form Joint Venture to Build Transmission
Aug 11, 2008
Columbus, Ohio - American Electric Power has formed a
joint venture company with Duke Energy to build and own new electric transmission
Okays California ISO's First Step in Clearing Backlog of Power Plant Requests
to Hook Up to Grid
Jul 15, 2008 - Business Wire
In an important
step toward streamlining the process of interconnecting renewable resources to
the power grid, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order
yesterday granting the California Independent System Operator Corporation (California
ISO) the ability to launch the first part of a two-step process to clear a logjam
that has hindered renewable projects attempting to connect to the California grid.
the Transmission Process
Jul 14, 2008 - Ken Silverstein - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Things are adrift in places around the country. In the Northeast, for example,
the states all have renewable portfolio standards while they also participate
in a regional greenhouse gas initiative, all of which is meant to cleanse the
air and cut global warming pollutants. The dilemma there and elsewhere is that
the transmission line permitting process is tumultuous and impedes those goals.
urgent need to upgrade the grid
Jul 11, 2008 - Jim Jelter - MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO - Flip on the lights, zap the coffee, check the charge on the
cell phone -- all part of an increasingly energized morning routine in millions
of homes. Electricity demand is growing at about 1% a year, according to the U.S.
Energy Department, and is likely to hold that pace despite a sluggish economy.
That's because of demographic growth -- more people -- and the explosion in the
numbers and types of electronic devices now considered essential. Meeting that
demand focuses inevitably on power generation. But power is useless without the
vast transmission networks that carry it to end-users. Those networks draw on
100-year-old technology and high-voltage lines, most of which were installed in
the 1950s and '60s
firms grasp new tech for aging grid
Jul 11, 2008 - Steve Gelsi - MarketWatch
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - On the ground beneath a forest of power transmission towers
in suburban Long Island, experimental wires cooled by liquid nitrogen carried
138,000 volts in flat strands about the size of linguini.
Policy Expert to Illinois: Investing in Smart Grids = Greener Economy
Jul 9, 2008 - PRNewswire-USNewswire
How can Illinoisans curb global warming
and invigorate a sagging economy? According to national climate change policy
expert Bracken Hendricks, the state should add smart technology to the electricity
of First Superconductor Power Transmission Cable System Celebrated
Jun 25, 2008 - Transmission & Distribution World
Corp., Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) celebrated
the commissioning of the world's first high temperature superconductor (HTS) power
transmission cable system in a commercial power grid. The 138,000-V (138-kV) system,
which consists of three individual HTS power cable phases running in parallel,
was energized on April 22, 2008, and is operating successfully in LIPA's Holbrook
transmission right of way. A ceremony was being held on June 25 to commemorate
the completion of the first phase and kick off the second phase of the project.
barrier seen to 'green' power - Need for power lines seen in remote
Jun 18,2008 - Steve Tetreault - Stephens Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- The dearth of power lines in remote areas where the wind blows hardest
and the sun shines brightest stands as a major barrier to the nation's use of
renewable energy, a Senate committee was told on Tuesday.
finds foes to renewable energy line plan
Jun 16, 2008 - Elliot Spagat
- The Associated Press
It seems like an idea any environmentalist would
embrace: Build one of the world's largest solar power operations in the Southern
California desert and surround it with plants that run on wind and underground
To Invest Up To $2.3 Million To Identify Renewable Energy Zones In Western States
May 29 ,2008 - The Associated Press
U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Kevin Kolevar today announced the Department's plans to contribute up to $2.3
million over three years, subject to annual appropriations, to identify areas
in the Western United States with vast renewable energy resources, and expedite
the development and delivery of those resources to meet regional energy needs.
The Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) project, launched by the Western Governors'
Association in cooperation with DOE, furthers the Department's ongoing efforts
to address generation and transmission challenges through a regional approach.
national electric superhighway
Apr, 2008 - Edward N Krapels - Anbaric
How Extra-high Voltage Transmission Can Enable National Energy
Security and Environmental Goals.
cable gets energized on Long Island
Apr 30, 2008 - Cleantech Group
American Superconductor said it's the longest high temperature superconductor
cable that's ever been installed. A piece of Long Island, N.Y.'s power grid has
received an upgrade, with Devens, Mass.-based American Superconductor (Nasdaq:
AMSC) announcing today that a section of high temperature superconductor cable
was installed at a major interconnection point in the system.
LIPA Throws Switch On Nation's 1st Superconducting Cable
Apr 30, 2008
- Dow Jones & Company, INc.
With concerns over the decaying energy
infrastructure in the U.S. mounting and new renewable-energy capacity coming online
in remote locations, a new technology is emerging to relieve stress on the overtaxed
Selects Projects for up to $50 Million of Federal Funding to Modernize the Nation's
Apr 22, 2008 - Energy Department Documents and
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin Kolevar today announced the
Department's plans to invest up to $50 million over five years (Fiscal Years 2008
- 2012), subject to appropriations from Congress, in nine demonstration projects
competitively selected to increase efficiency in the nation's electricity grid.
The Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) technologies demonstrated
in these projects aim to reduce peak load electricity demand by at least 15 percent
at distribution feeders-the power lines delivering electricity to consumers-and
are part of the Bush Administration's ongoing efforts to enhance the efficiency
and reliability of our nation's energy infrastructure to ensure a reliable supply
of energy to all Americans.
utility costs to soar; avalanches cut cheap power
Apr 18, 2008
- The Associated Press
Massive avalanches destroyed transmission lines
and support towers to a dam that supplies 85 percent of the city's electricity,
and utility rates could quintuple for months until repairs are made, officials
of power are finding resistance
Mar 24, 2008 - Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- There is wide agreement that the nation needs to upgrade the
aging system that delivers electricity from power plants to consumers -- a grid
that is already overtaxed and facing a 43% increase in demand over the next two
Energy Announces First Smart Grid City in the Nation
Mar 12, 2008
- Business Wire
Xcel Energy announced today it will put in motion its
vision to make Boulder, Colo., the nation's first fully integrated Smart Grid
held for power line that would link Montana, Alberta
Mar 12, 2008
- The Associated Press
State and environmental leaders held the first
of three public hearings Tuesday to discuss a proposed power line that would connect
Montana's power grid to Canada.
push forward with power line plan for mid-Atlantic, Southwest states
Mar 6,2008 - Devlin Barrett - The Associated Press
New power line construction
is more likely in the mid-Atlantic states and the Southwest after the government
on Thursday said it was pushing ahead with a plan to expand and modernize the
electric grid in those areas.
Sought for Renewable Resources
Feb 27, 2008 - New Haven Register
New England's power grid operator will get its first glimpse by year's end
of proposals for long-distance transmission lines designed to bring wind and hydropower
from northern New England and Canada's Maritime provinces. ISO-New England will
receive the proposals at a meeting in December, said Stephen Whitley, president
and chief operating officer of the Holyoke, Mass., grid operator.
power grid operators narrowly avoid rolling blackouts
Feb 27 - R.A.
Dyer - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
Operators of the Texas power grid scrambled Tuesday night to keep the lights on
after a sudden drop in wind power threatened to cause rolling blackouts, officials
Approves Feed-In Tariffs, Rewards Energy Efficiency
FEb 6, 2008 -
EERE Network News
The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has
approved long-term prices for the state's utilities to buy renewable energy from
their customers. For seven of the state's utilities, the so-called "feed-in tariff,"
approved on January 31, applies to renewable energy systems located at public
water and wastewater facilities, but for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
and Southern California Edison (SCE), a separate feed-in tariff applies to any
customer-located renewable energy system up to 1.5 megawatts in capacity. The
tariff requires signing a long-term contract for 5, 10, or 15 years, but the price
is adjusted based on the time of day of the power generation. For instance, for
a system producing power throughout the day, a 15-year contract signed with SCE
in 2008 would earn about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour on a summer weekday, while
a system generating power from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (such as a solar power system),
would earn about 22 cents per kilowatt-hour under the same circumstances. Overall,
the tariffs range from 8 to 31 cents per kilowatt-hour. Facilities earning the
tariff cannot be participating in other state incentive programs.
for Transmitting Alternative Energy Urged
Jan 28, 2008 - Las Vegas
Review - Journal
Gov. Jim Gibbons on Thursday accepted a report that
calls for developing transmission lines so that geothermal, wind and solar energy
can be shipped from remote areas of the state to cities.
Transmission Corp plans $5.1 billion investment in electricity system upgrades
Jan 10, 2008 - Canada NewsWire
BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) has
filed its Ten Year Capital Plan with the BC Utilities Commission, outlining $5.1
billion in expenditures designed to meet the increased clean electricity demands
of British Columbia's growing economy.
To Sue US DOE Over Power Corridors
Jan 9, 2008 - Dow Jones & Company
Nearly a dozen environmental groups will sue the U.S. Department
of Energy next week to stop development of national transmission corridors, an
official at one of the organizations said Wednesday.
States Falling Short on Interconnection and Net Metering
Dec 19, 2007
- EERE Network News
A new report concludes that all 50 states are failing
to provide easy access to the electrical grid for home-grown renewable energy
systems, while only four states are doing their best to assure that the owners
of such systems earn credit for power fed into the grid. Regarding "interconnection,"
or the connection of customer-owned power systems to the grid, many states set
an arbitrary maximum size of the system that can be connected to the grid, or
they set a cap on the total combined capacity of the systems connected to the
grid. In many states, utility customers must pay high fees for interconnection,
while also having to meet unreasonable requirements for safety features, liability
insurance, and approval paperwork. Regarding "net metering," which provides a
utility bill credit for customers who feed power into the grid, some states allow
utilities to credit the power at a rate that's lower than the retail rate, to
limit the amount of credit earned, or to limit the credit that can be carried
over from month to month. Net metering often excludes commercial and industrial
partners and sometimes requires the installation of an extra meter. And of course,
many states don't have a policy for interconnection or net metering at all.
urges Alberta link to U.S. power grid
Dec 18, 2007 - Norval Scott
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. wants Alberta's electricity
grid connected to the western United States, allowing producers to export electricity
from the power plants they want to build in Alberta.
ISO Board Approves New Transmission Planning Approach
Dec 13, 2007
- Business Wire
The California Independent System Operator Corporation
(California ISO) Board of Governors today approved filing with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) a proposal that would give the California ISO the
explicit authority to proactively identify and propose transmission projects to
reduce congestion and provide economic benefits, ensuring the not-for-profit public-benefit
corporation is compliant with FERC Order 890.
Grid Vision Needed
Dec 11, 2007 - Martin Rosenberg - EnergyBiz Magazine
Imagine no electricity existed in the United States. Suddenly, a lab discovers
the utility of coursing electrons, and the age of electricity is launched. Assume
we immediately learned everything we now know about how to generate electricity
using the sun, wind, nuclear power, hydropower, natural gas, geothermal resources
Renewables: Arranged Marriage, But at What Cost?
Dec 4, 2007 - NGI's
Power Market Today
While technically and administratively California's
grid can absorb renewable generation sources at the 20% level by 2010, according
to a recently completed report by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO),
how much the transformation will cost and who pays for it are still unknown, CAISO
CEO Yakout Mansour said Monday during a news media briefing on the grid operator's
new demand response lab.
regulators OK transmission line
Nov 29, 2007 - The Associated Press
Texas public utility regulators have approved plans for a $60 million transmission-line
project in South Texas, a victory for two proposed wind farms that have placed
two of the nation's biggest ranches at odds.
tests under way for New Brunswick-Maine power line
Nov 26, 2007 -
The Associated Press
Final testing is under way for a new 345-megawatt
power transmission line between Maine and New Brunswick, which will link the electrical
systems of the state and the Canadian Maritimes Provinces.
Criticize Energy Corridors
Nov 19, 2007 - Las Vegas Review
A federal plan for energy corridors running through Nevada and other Western states
drew fire from environmental groups Thursday.
ISO is First to Allocate Ten-Year Transmission Rights in Accordance With Energy
Nov 13, 2007 - Business Wire
The California Independent
System Operator Corporation (California ISO) has posted the results of its allocation
process for long-term transmission rights--making it the first grid operator to
issue a ten-year financial hedge for transmission users. Called Congestion Revenue
Rights (CRRS) by the California ISO, the hedges provide Load Serving Entities
(LSEs) and other holders with a more stable cost structure by offsetting the congestion
costs incurred for use of the high-voltage power grid. The provision of long-term
financial commitments is in accordance with the directives of the Energy Policy
farm supporters say coal-plant decision dooms their projects
12, 2007 - The Associated Press
As many as 13 potential wind-farm projects
in western Kansas could be in danger because of the state's decision to reject
two coal-fired generating plants near Holcomb, proponents of the wind farms said.
a 21st Century Grid
Nov 9, 2007 - Stephen Lacey - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Peterborough, New Hampshire [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] In 1957, as Eisenhower
began his second term as U.S. President, the first satellite launched into orbit
and the first commercial nuclear reactor came online, electrical workers all over
the country were installing the world's most advanced transmission and distribution
(T&D) system. Today, much of that T&D system installed 50 years ago remains in
place, holding together a patchwork grid for ever-expanding electricity markets.
power line planned: Interstate electric pathway unveiled for peninsula
Nov 7 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kate House-Layton Delaware State
Delmarva Power on Tuesday unveiled a plan for a proposed
interstate electric transmission line.
file bill that would help connect clean energy to the power grid
Nov 1, 2007 - Media Release - www.house.gov
Two members of the Select
Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), today introduced legislation in the House that would
make renewable electricity produced in rural areas available to urban energy users.
Energy Carolinas Plans Plant Addition, New Transmission Line
29, 2007 - /PRNewswire-FirstCall
As population and energy usage in southern
and eastern North Carolina continue to grow, Progress Energy Carolinas plans to
invest an estimated $700 million to $750 million in building new electric generation
capability at its energy complex in Richmond County and new transmission capacity
to move electricity to where it's needed.
water utility commits to transmission for renewables
Oct 26, 2007
- Renewable Energy Focus
A water utility in southern California will
construct a transmission line to tap into 1,600 MW of geothermal and solar capacity.
Underwater HVDC Project Saves LIPA $20 Million
Oct 25, 2007 - Transmission
& Distribution World
The 65-mile undersea and underground transmission
link connecting Long Island with New Jersey saved the Long Island Power Authority
(LIPA) an estimated $20 million this summer during the first 100 days of operation,
LIPA announced today during the dedication of the Neptune Regional Transmission
Project. The Project is expected to result in more than $1 billion in net benefits
over 20 years to LIPA and its customers.
– international standards to be set
Oct 24, 2007 - Engineer Live
Ultra high voltage (UHV) transmission is one of the most promising ways of
helping electricity suppliers meet their ever-growing demand. A new set of international
standards should help to speed this development
HVDC tie connects U.S. and Mexico power grids
Oct 24, 2007 - ABB Press
An historic step towards the integration of the Texas and Mexico
power grids was taken on October 10 with the official opening of the Sharyland
high voltage direct current interconnection.
More lines, cleaner energy
Oct 22, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional
News - J. Miles Layton - The Dominion Post
The watchdog that oversees
North America's power grid says the full promise of renewable fuels cannot be
harnessed without first building more power lines that can carry this cleaner
energy to consumers.
to Powerlink is Proposed
Oct 19 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink yesterday unveiled a detailed alternative
plan for a vast expansion of solar power and other measures that they say would
cost no more than the proposed power line and provide greater energy security
and environmental benefits.
Board Approves PHI's Proposed Interstate Transmission Line
Oct 17, 2007 - Business Wire
PJM Interconnection, operator of the
Mid-Atlantic power grid, today approved Pepco Holdings, Inc.'s (NYSE:POM) proposal
to build a 230-mile interstate power line to enhance electric reliability and
improve transmission capacity in one of most heavily congested regions of the
Cable Provides Mid-Atlantic Power, $20M Savings, LIPA Says
2007 - NGI's Power Market Today
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
said Thursday its use of the 65-mile long Neptune Regional Transmission System,
an underground, high-voltage direct current cable running from Sayreville, NJ,
to New Cassel, NY, saved the company more than $20 million and brought nearly
1.2 million MWh of low-cost power to Long Island during July, August and September.
power network studied: Transmission lines could span four states to allow
better sharing of energy
Oct 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jack
King Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
At least 10 private and governmental
entities are studying the possibility of major new transmission lines that would
connect Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona in what could be a blueprint
for regional energy interconnection lines.
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
energy system becoming reality
Oct 9, 2007 - Paul Hanley - The StarPhoenix
Several years ago, the futurist Jeremy Rifkin predicted the world would
build an energy system that would resemble the Internet. The Internet is, of course,
the worldwide, publicly-accessible series of interconnected computer networks
that consist of millions of smaller domestic, academic, business and government
information networks. People everywhere can link to the Internet, put information
in and take it out.
Transmission Vision for Wind Integration
Oct 9, 2007 - American Electric
American Electric Power, working at the request of, and in partnership
with, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), presents a high-level, conceptual
interstate transmission plan that could provide a basis for discussion to expand
industry infrastructure needs in the future. AEP believes that expansion of Extra
High Voltage (EHV) interstate transmission systems provides increased reliability,
market efficiency, environmental optimization and national security for the benefit
of electric customers across the United States.
Reflects Collaborative Spirit on Transmission in West
Oct 8, 2007
- Wind Energy Weekly
In an event underscoring the growing understanding
of transmission’s importance, Governors Dave Freudenthal (D-Wyo.) and Bill Ritter
(D-Colo.) headlined a regional summit in Fort Collins, Colo., aimed at increasing
access to the Western electric grid for wind and other renewable energy sources.
CREZ Plan Could Become National Model
Oct 8, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on October 2 issued an interim
final order in its high-profile “CREZ” case, designating five “Competitive Renewable
Energy Zones” in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle and authorizing development
of transmission lines needed to deliver electricity produced in those windy areas
to customers throughout Texas.
Decision Could Double Wind Power Capacity in the U.S.
Oct 4, 2007
CREZ Plan could become national model. The
Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) issued an Interim Final Order yesterday
that could enable construction of up to 22,806 Megawatts (MW) of new wind power
in Texas. A final order, transmission plan, and budget are still pending before
the Commission but are expected to be finalized in early 2008.
Announce Power Line Areas in Mid-Atlantic States, Southwest
2007 - Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thinking of life without the
threat of power blackouts? So is the government, and it moved Tuesday to ensure
a nonstop flow of electricity by designating large corridors of the Southwest
and mid-Atlantic as critical to the nation's energy grid.
Reports Show ISOs and RTOs Provide Tangible Benefits
Oct 1, 2007 -
Three reports were released today by the ISO/RTO Council
(IRC) highlighting the value North America’s 10 Independent System Operators (ISOs)
and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) bring to the electricity markets
they administer. The three reports focus on the progress of competitive markets,
as well as how ISOs and RTOs help foster development of demand response and renewable
energy resources. The reports were unveiled during a media briefing in Washington,
D.C., hosted by IRC-member CEOs and senior executives.
and Sustainable Power Supply for Urban Demand Centers Such As San Francisco
Sep 26, 2007 - New Release - Siemens
Trans Bay Cable, LLC has awarded
Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. (SPT&D) a contract worth more
than US $150 million to construct a 53-mile undersea high voltage direct current
(HVDC) transmission link between San Francisco’s City Center electrical power
grid and a Pacific Gas & Electric substation near Pittsburg, California. The HVDC
PLUS system will transmit up to 400 megawatts at a direct current (DC) voltage
of 200 kilovolts and is the first order for Siemens using its innovative HVDC
PLUS technology. The main advantages of the new HVDC PLUS link are the increased
network security and reliability due to network upgrades and reduced system losses.
to Spearhead Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
Sep 25, 2007
Imagine solar mirrors shimmering in the sun and wind
turbines harnessing the wind by generating thousands of megawatts of clean, green
power from remote California deserts and hillsides.
office advocates building power lines
Sep 23, 2007 - The Associated
The Schweitzer administration has a new ally in its effort to develop
energy in Montana: a state office promoting power lines and other energy infrastructure.
of a Mature Grid Operator
Sep 21, 2007 - William Sweet - IEEE Spectrum
With electricity deregulation, independent authorities have been
established to manage regional power systems. But not all are created equal
Remote Renewable Energy to Market
Sep 19, 2007 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
California consortium to spearhead renewable energy transmission initiative.
Although California is blessed with some of the best geothermal, wind and solar
resources in the U.S. -- as well as the policies and legislation in place to do
take advantage of those resources -- a number of the renewable energy-rich areas
are too far from the electric transmission grid to render them useful.
ITC Complete Extra-High Voltage Transmission Study
Sep 19, 2007 -
American electric Power - energycentral.com
Companies recommend 700 miles
of new, extra-high voltage transmission linking Ohio to Michigan to enhance reliability,
and support a more efficient generation market, including making better use of
Power Pool Transmission Plan Caught in Catch-22
Sep 18, 2007 - Journal
Record - Oklahoma City
Planning for the future of electricity generation
in Oklahoma is kind of like debating over which came first: the chicken or the
to Spearhead Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
Sept 17, 2007
- New Release - California Energy Commission
Sacramento - Imagine solar
mirrors shimmering in the sun and wind turbines harnessing the wind by generating
thousands of megawatts of clean, green power from remote California deserts and
Transmission Owners Announce Inter-Regional Transmission Planning Process
Sep 10, 2007 - PRNewwswire-First Call
In response to recent initiatives
by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand regional coordination
of electric transmission systems, several Southeastern transmission owners today
proposed a plan to expand the existing processes for regional transmission planning.
The plan outlines an inter-regional process among the following transmission owners:
Alabama Electric Cooperative, Dalton Utilities, Duke Energy Carolinas, Entergy
Operating Companies, Georgia Transmission Corporation, Municipal Electric Authority
of Georgia, Progress Energy Carolinas, Santee Cooper, South Carolina Electric
and Gas, South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Southern Company, and Tennessee
Valley Authority. The process proposed today will be incorporated into each participating
transmission owner's planning process.
of lines limit solar energy sales
Sep 1, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Matt Hildner The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.
If the large-scale
production of solar energy is going to take off in the San Luis Valley, it will
need some help getting to urban markets.
of Energy Official Touts Bush Administration's Efforts to Modernize our Nation's
Aug 29, 2007 - energycentral
The U.S. Department
of Energy's (DOE) newly confirmed Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity
Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin M. Kolevar today highlighted the Bush Administration's
efforts to increase the use of advanced technologies in the Nation's power delivery
system equipment, as well as DOE's recent announcement to invest up to $51.8 million
to modernize and secure our nation's electric grid. Mr. Kolevar visited the Entergy
Louisiana Operations Center in Gretna, LA. The Entergy Corporation, DOE's Oak
Ridge National Laboratory and nkt cables of Germany joined the Southwire Company's
team, which was selected by the DOE in June to receive up to $13.3 million to
install a high-temperature superconducting cable to solve real-world electrical
congestion near downtown New Orleans.
Entities Team Up on Transmission Development Work
Aug 14, 2007 - Business
With the common goal of bringing new transmission to the Rocky Mountain
and Desert Southwest regions, Arizona Public Service Company, PacifiCorp, National
Grid and the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority today announced they have entered
into an agreement to work together on preliminary development of new high-voltage
transmission lines for the West.
premiers air energy grid; greenhouse gas curbs asked
2007 - Chris Morris - Canadian Press (AP)
MONCTON, New Brunswick --Canada's
premiers are encouraging the concept of a national transmission grid to make sure
Canadians benefit fully from the country's energy resources.
transmission lines: Worth the high cost?
Aug 6, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune
The state is in a headlong rush to extend its electric
transmission system. But with an estimated cost of more than $10 billion -- at
least $500 for every man, woman and child served by the Texas power grid -- some
are questioning how much is too much.
Signs Agreement With Solel for 553 Megawatts of Solar Power
2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced
today that it has entered into a landmark renewable energy agreement with Solel-MSP-1
to purchase renewable energy from the Mojave Solar Park, to be constructed in
California's Mojave Desert. The project will deliver 553 megawatts of solar power,
the equivalent of powering 400,000 homes, to PG&E's customers in northern and
central California. The Mojave Solar Park project is now the world's largest single
Publishes Updated "Connecting to the Grid" Guide
Jul 13, 2007 - Interstate
Rnewable Energy Council
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
has published a new edition of its Connecting to the Grid guide. The fifth edition
of this guide, published in July 2007, addresses new and lingering interconnection
issues relevant to all distributed generation (DG) technologies, including renewables,
fuel cells, microturbines and reciprocating engines. Because interconnection issues
remain largely in the domain of the states, the guide has been designed for state
regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers
interested in the development of state-level interconnection standards.
and Southern California Edison Partner on PHEV Research
Jul 13, 2007
- Clean Edge News
Ford and Southern California Edison are combining
resources to explore ways to make plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles more accessible
to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and improve the cost-effectiveness
of the nation’s electricity grid
battery packs powerful punch
Jul 5, 2007 - Paul Davidson - USA Today
A new type of a room-size battery, however, may be poised to store energy
for the nation's vast electric grid almost as easily as a reservoir stockpiles
water, transforming the way power is delivered to homes and businesses. Compared
with other utility-scale batteries plagued by limited life spans or unwieldy bulk,
the sodium-sulfur battery is compact, long-lasting and efficient.
Teams With Google to Demonstrate Vehicle-To-Grid Technology at the Company's Mountain
Jun 19, 2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced it has teamed
with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology at
the search leader's Mountain View campus as part of the company's philanthropic
initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming
through Google.org. The two companies also celebrated the completion of Google's
1.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system at the campus, for which PG&E will award
the company approximately $4.5 million in incentives -- one of the largest commercial
solar rebates ever for the utility.
investing $4 billion in transmission lines
May 30, 2007 - bizjournals.com
PacifiCorp will spend more than $4 billion to build high-voltage
transmission lines connecting Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and the Southwest.
The 1,200-mile network will carry 500 kilovolts of power in Wyoming connecting
to 1.7 million customers in the West served by Pacific Power and its sibling,
Rocky Mountain Power.
Grid Invests More Than $600 Million in Electric System Enhancements During the
Last 12 Months
May 9, 2007 - Business Wire
- National Grid made a record investment of more than $600 million in enhancements
to its electricity networks in New York and New England during the first year
of a five-year plan to enhance reliable electric service for its customers. During
the five-year period between March 2006 and 2011, the company projects that capital
expenditure on enhancements to its existing U.S. electricity and gas networks
will total more than $3 billion.
OFFER NEW HEARINGS ON POWER LINE EXPANSIONS
May 9 - Devlin Barrett
- The Associated Press
Federal officials said Wednesday they will expand
their public hearings on two proposed electricity "transmission corridors" - designations
that could spur the building of major new power lines in many states regardless
of local opposition.
Energizes Major Underground Transmission Line
May 3, 2007 - Business
BOSTON: NSTAR has officially flipped the switch on its massive underground
transmission project, easing congestion in the regional power grid and adding
much-needed capacity to the existing system. The 18-mile high-voltage transmission
line is one of the largest electric infrastructure upgrades in the history of
the United States utility industry. It will help ensure the region can meet steadily
growing energy demand in time for the all-important summer peak.
Plans World's Longest Tunnel, a Link to Alaska (Update4)
Apr 18, 2007
- Bloomberg - Yuriy Humber and Bradley Cook
Russia plans to build the
world's longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait
to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural
gas and electricity from Siberia.
OKs Renewable Energy Power Line Bill
Apr 13, 2007 - The Pueblo Chieftain
After more than two months of debate, compromise, rewriting and more rewriting,
a measure to help erect power transmission lines in rural Colorado from renewable
energy plants won preliminary approval in the Senate on Thursday.
government gives first permit to cross-border power line
Apr 6, 2007
- The Associated Press
A proposed cross-border power transmission line
connecting electric systems in Alberta and Montana has cleared a major regulatory
hurdle in Canada.
Mar 30, 2007 - Ken Silverstein - EnergyBiz Insider - Editor-in-Chief
Western states want to expand their grid to improve regional electrical
reliability and make room for renewable energy resources. Altogether, eight transmission
owners and operators have come together to provide a high voltage backbone transmission
system between Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
Convene to Discuss Wyoming-West, TOT-3 Transmission Projects
2007 - Wind Energy Week
At a meeting that included the Wyoming Infrastructure
Authority (WIA), Trans-Elect, LLC, and National Grid, PLC, to address the Wyoming-West
and TOT-3 transmission projects, participants clearly spoke of the initiatives
as “wind first” transmission lines with respect to their use.
on Governor's Desk, Colorado's SB100 Would Create Transmission Resource Zones
Mar 19, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
A bill aimed at getting the transmission
built that’s crucial to connecting renewable energy resources with load centers
in Colorado cleared the state legislature and at press time was sitting on Governor
Bill Ritter’s (D) desk, awaiting his signature. The governor is expected to sign
Company and DOE Show New Technology to Enhance Reliability of Electric Transmission
Mar 16, 2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
today demonstrated a new technology at its Power Coordination Center in Birmingham,
Ala., as a top Department of Energy (DOE) official attended the dedication ceremony.
The technology, trade-named GenVARR(TM), provides new, real-time calculations
of generator reactive power reserves to operators of electric transmission systems,
allowing them to increase the reliability of electricity delivered from power
plants to customers across large geographic regions.
Bill Heads to Ritter; Plan Would Make It Easier to Transmit Solar, Wind Power
Mar 5, 2007 - The Gazette, Colorado
A key component of Gov. Bill Ritter's
renewable-energy agenda moved closer to approval Friday, with the House voting
to ease obstacles to building transmission lines needed to bring wind and solar
power to market.
tentatively approves plan to build electric lines
Mar 2, 2007 - The
The House gave initial approval Friday to a plan to
allow electric companies recover the cost of building new transmission lines after
lawmakers said the state needs a way to deliver on its promise to promote renewable
Seek to End Isolation of Northern Maine's Power Grid
Mar 1, 2007 -
NGI's Power Market Today
In an effort to create a more competitive electricity
market in Maine, officials at Maine & Maritimes Corp. confirmed Thursday that
its subsidiary Maine Public Service Co. (MPS), and Central Maine Power (CMP) have
agreed to study the feasibility of a new power transmission line that would directly
connect the Aroostook County power grid to the rest of the state.
Segment of SCE's Renewable Energy Transmission Project Approved
1, 2007 - Businesswire
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
today approved Southern California Edison's (SCE) application to build segment
one of the Tehachapi renewable transmission project.
MidAmerican Joint Venture Floats $4.2B Transmission Plan for Texas
Feb 27, 2007 - NGI's Power Market Today
Electric Transmission Texas
LLC (ETT), a joint venture of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings,
wasted no time in coming up with a massive new transmission plan for Texas to
support renewable energy development and load growth. The plan includes more than
$4.2 billion in new transmission, including a 1,000-mile project that would support
development of Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and a 900-mile, high-voltage,
high-capacity backbone transmission system that would support reliability and
agency discussed proposed 1,000-mile transmission line
Feb 20, 2007
- The Associated Press
Developers who want to build three coal-fired
plants near Holcomb are gathering comments from landowners whose property would
be used to construct a 1,000-mile power transmission line from Colorado to Finney
County to help power the plants.
cable could bring 'green' power to Hub
Feb 14, 2007 - Tribune Business
As two companies press ahead on projects bringing natural gas to
Boston through offshore terminals, a third group is also looking to the sea for
a new source of energy -- a 140-mile underwater electric cable from Maine to South
New Brunswick ink accord to cooperate on electricity links
2007 - The Associated Press
The leaders of Maine and New Brunswick agreed
Friday to explore ways to enhance cooperative efforts to expand their electrical
ISO Enters New Era of Transmission Planning
Jan 24, 2007 - Business
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (California
ISO) has entered a new era of transmission planning with a comprehensive plan
that examines what California's power grid will need one to three years from now
to ease bottlenecks and enhance reliability and what will be needed in five to
15 years to keep up with the expected growth in energy supply and demand.
and MidAmerican Move Forward with Texas Transmission Joint Venture
23, 2007 - American Electric Power
American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP
- News) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company are moving forward with formation
of Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) as a joint venture to build transmission
facilities in Texas. ETT filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday
for approval to operate as an electric transmission utility in Texas. The filing
also seeks to establish initial rates for ETT.
finds no insurmountable obstacles to leaving regional grid
2007 - David Sharp - The Associated Press
Maine ratepayers don't get
enough in return for participating in the regional power grid and there are "no
insurmountable legal, economic or technical barriers" to leaving it, according
to a preliminary report by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
& Veatch receives safety award from PG&Efor major power transmission project
Jan 9, 2007 - Overland Park, Kan
Black & Veatch was recently awarded
the 2006 Supplier Safety Award by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) in connection
with engineering, procurement and construction work on one of the longest 230-Kilovolt
(kV) underground transmission projects in the United States. PG&E’s Jefferson-Martin
project in the San Francisco Peninsula logged more than 1.3 million safe work
hours on the project. The project comprised 24 miles of underground and 3.5 miles
of overhead transmission line construction
Potential for Residential Demand Response on Transmission and Distribution Assets
Dec 29, 2006 - Energy Pulse
The power grid has evolved over the last
century to meet the demands of many different customers. From REA’s and co-ops
to industrials, grid connections have been engineered to deliver during peak consumption
periods over their projected lifespan. Designing for the lifespan of transmission
and distribution decades ago would have used a percentage estimate for increase
in annual demand, as no other options were possible. Without load shedding, shifting
and demand response (DR) technologies of the last decade, design would have been
an open-ended exercise – the engineers would have chosen a number they thought
appropriate and designed accordingly. And this still may have been design practice
Dec 27,2006 - Energy Bizz Insider
Can new federal laws succeed in helping the nation build a modern grid in tune
with a digital society? The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is now being put to the
Minnesota Wind Integration Study find up to 25% Wind can be Incorporated Reliably
into Electric Power System
Dec 13, 2006 - Awea
Results of a new study show that, under the right policies, utilities can
incorporate wind power into their resource portfolio, comprising up to one-fourth
of their delivered energy, without sacrificing reliability and with minor costs
for absorbing the wind.
Dec 12, 2006 - Ken Silverstein - Energy Biz Insider
Federal regulators are revving up. They’re preparing to take steps to begin
building new transmission lines, particularly lines that are considered vital
to the national interest. It’s all part of the objectives of the Energy Policy
Act of 2005, which include constructing a grid that is in tune with a modern economy
and a digital society. Transmission planning has long been an onerous process.
Eastern Transmission Lines Promise NE Supply Diversity
Dec 11, 2006
- NGI's Power Market Today
Whether fully recognized or not, electric
transmission has become an ever-more valuable strategic resource, and the only
key remaining question is who develops and pays for it, according to a preview
provided Power Market Today Thursday of the Massachusetts-based consulting firm
Energy Security Analysis Inc.'s (ESAI) study focused on the East, "The New Transmission
Vision." The full report will be published in January.
- Utilities back plan for Wyoming-to-Calif. power lines
Dec 7, 2006 - Market Watch
San Francisco - Seven western U.S. electric
utilities are backing the plans of four
western governors to build huge power
lines from northeast Wyoming to southern California, a project that
bring down electricity bills and add additional supplies to a tight power market.
- Western Governors Urge FERC to Adopt Conditional Firm Service
Dec 5, 2006 - energycentral.com
Western governors urged FERC to adopt
transmission reforms that would promote more flexible use of the existing transmission
system and provide greater access for generators of variable energy such as wind
so they can get their product to market.
Trends Point to Microgrids
Nov. 28, 2006 - SmartGridNews.com
The macro trends point inescapably to microgrids as the Next Big Thing,
predicts Jesse Berst. Utilities must quickly decide when and how to cope. Vendors
must quickly figure out when and how to profit.
confirms, clarifies its order on transmission rights
2006 - Public Power Weekly
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined
to revise any holdings in its final rule on long-term firm transmission rights,
but a clarification on one key issue addressed in part a concern raised by APPA.
In a Nov. 16 order on rehearing, FERC clarified that it expects regional transmission
organizations to give priority to load-serving entities with long-term power supply
arrangements in allocating long-term transmission rights when there's a shortage
of such rights.
Makes Progress on Transmission Corridors
Nov 20, 2006 - Wind
The lengthy process of setting federal
transmission corridors took a couple of steps forward late this week.
and Ontario sign an historic agreement for construction of a new transmission
Nov 14, 2006 - Canada NewsWire
Corbeil, Quebec's Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and the Honourable
Dwight Duncan, Ontario's Minister of Energy, held a teleconference earlier today
to announce the signing of an agreement between Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie and
Hydro One Networks for the construction of a new 1,250 MW Quebec-Ontario interconnection.
- "DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ADDITIONAL
COMMENT PERIOD ON NATIONAL INTEREST ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION CORRIDORS"
Nov 9, 2006 - Energy Department Documents and Publications/Content Works
DOE announces lengthening of the comment period on the National Interest
Electric Transmission Corridors section on the report based on the Department's
August 8 Congestion Study.
crunch could lead to lots more lines
Nov 9, 2006 - Paul Davidson
- USA Today
To meet the nation's fast-growing demand for electricity,
utilities are planning to string thousands of miles of high-voltage power lines
across the USA in a building frenzy that could mar some of the country's most
precious open spaces.
the Impact of Renewable Energy on the Electric Power Grid
8, 2006 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
$1.23 million from
NYSTAR will allow Rensselaer to create renewable energy test-bed
With a $1.23 million grant, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
will be creating a distributed power “test-bed” to study how the electricity
distribution grid might be affected by the widespread adoption of clean, renewable
ITC Transmission to perform technical study on expanding 765-kV transmission into
Nov 6, 2006 - American Electric Power - PRNewswire
American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with ITC Transmission, a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC), to perform
a technical study to evaluate the feasibility of extending AEP’s 765-kilovolt
(kV) transmission infrastructure through Michigan to enhance reliability and support
a competitive market of generation supply.
U.S. Electric Transmission System Shows Its Age
Nov 2, 2006 -
Strains on the U.S. power delivery system are beginning
to show with the current system characterized by aging infrastructure, significant
underinvestment and outdated technologies, according to a Fitch Ratings report.
Market participants and regulators are placing new functions on the system, such
as facilitating competitive regional markets for which it was not designed.
Session ToAddress Transmission And Interconnection
Oct 25, 2006
- Wind Energy Weekly
With change being a dominant part of the wires
landscape these days, AWEA’s Fall
Symposium is coming at an opportune
time to shine the spotlight on the topic of transmission and
In fact, change is a common theme among the various areas that define this
complex arena, including technology, federal policy, and transmission planning.
expansion and optimizing use of the current grid, of course,
are imperative to the industry
achieving its goal of reaching 20% of the nation’s
electricity needs—the theme of the
line would help wind farm development
Oct 25, 2006 - Dale Wetzel
- The Associated Press
A company that is planning a wind power project across
the North Dakota-South Dakota border wants to construct a 10-mile power line to
connect the turbines to North Dakota's electrical grid, state regulators say.
governor announces multibillion dollar transmission line
24, 2006 - Matt Gourass - The Associated Press
Gov. Brian Schweitzer,
joined by industry executives, announced plans Monday to build one of the longest
electricity transmission lines seen in the West in 40 years -- a line that would
carry "green" energy to big energy markets thousands of miles away
study: High-tech power grid beneficial
Oct 19, 2006 - Craig
D. Rose - Union Tribune
Utility customers and San Diego Gas & Electric
could reap billions of dollars in benefits over the next
two decades by modernizing
the regional electricity grid, a University of San Diego study has concluded.
- California Utilities Again Cite Lack of Transmission
in Latest RPS Filing
Oct 4, 2006 - California Energy Markets
California's investor-owned utilities say that while they have been busy
contracting for renewable energy,
it is uncertain whether those contracts
will result in actual green power delivered to customers by the
portfolio standard deadline of 2010.
- Coalition voices views as FERC tackles grid access
for first time in a decade
Sep 25, 2006 - Wind Energy Weekly
AWEA joined a coalition of energy industry organizations—noteworthy
in its diversity alone—to file reply
comments with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the use of “redispatch” in a
and non-discriminatory way to improve access to the transmission grid.
Electric Grid Is Reaching the End Game
Sep 22, 2006 - Marsha
Freeman - Executive Intelligence Review
This Summer, three decades of
underinvestment and looting of the U.S. electrical industry grid system came home
to roost. A week-long blackout in New York City, calls for "voluntary" conservation,
the shutting off of power to large industrial enterprises, and lowering of voltages
across the nation, were all evidence of the wreckage that has been made of this
most critical infrastructure.
- Feds Says Transformer Sharing Pact Will Boost Power Grid
Sep 21, 2006 - NGI's Power Market Today
FERC on Thursday approved an agreement among electric utilities on electric
transformer sharing that the
federal agency said will maintain the integrity
of the nation's transmission system in the event of a future
Grid: New Transmission Policies Are Needed to Realize Renewable Generation's Potential
in the U.S.
Sep 21, 2006 - Business Wire
In a white paper
published yesterday, National Grid (Westborough, Massachusetts) urged federal
and state policymakers to address current inadequacies in U.S. transmission policies
that create obstacles for wind and other renewable generators in accessing the
country's electric grid.
power grid would tie Kansas, Colorado: Public views sought on estimated $8
million to $1 billion project
Sep 15, 2006 - McClatchy-Tribune Business
News (Formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News ) -
Anthony A. Mestas
- The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.
Officials from two power suppliers wanting
to construct 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and
in Colorado and Kansas met with residents Wednesday to discuss the proposed project.
National Energy Board approves International Power Line
2006 - National Energy Board - Canadian News Wire
Canada's National Energy
Board has approved Sea Breeze Converter Corporation's application to
and operate a 150-kV HVDC international power line (IPL) between Vancouver Island
cooperation may help curb massive blackouts
Aug 21, 2006 - David Templeto
-, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three years after 50 million
people were left in the dark, Pennsylvania's power grid operator, which prevented
outages from affecting most of Pennsylvania in August 2003, has taken action to
prevent future electricity
blackouts. PJM Interconnection, the Valley Forge,
Montgomery County, company that operates the power
grid in 13 states including
most of Pennsylvania, has signed agreements to share information with neighboring
grid operators, including the Midwest Independent Service Operator, to help reduce
the chance of blackouts.
Electric Grid: Society's emerging supercritical infrastructure
18, 2006 - Alberto Ramirez Orquin - Energy Pulse - Energy Central
century brings about new elements, which constantly modify well-established paradigms.
example can be found on the notions of society’s critical infrastructures.
The electric grid has been
increasingly regarded as very important, typically
at the same hierarchy as communications, roadways,
water supply, etc. But
its emerging critical dimension has only recently been revealed, where life is
inconceivable or unviable without the essential commodity/service this
grid provides, more primary in nature
than the rest.
Marks First Anniversary of EPAct & Releases National Electric Transmission
Aug 8, 2006 - U. S. Dept of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today marked the one-year
of President Bush’s signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
(EPAct), highlighting its progress in delivering
clean energy alternatives
and spurring investment in renewable and nuclear energy. DOE also released
the National Electric Transmission Congestion Study authorized under the
Energy Policy Act, which provides
analysis of generation and transmission
capacity across the U.S. and identifies critical areas that need
to meet growing demand.
Energy Company Energizes 124-Mile, High Voltage Electric Transmission Line
Jul 6, 2006 - MidAmerica Energy Company
Company’s electric transmission grid now has increased capability to handle higher
electric demand when summer temperatures heat up.
- Tonbridge Power Inc.'s Subsidiary-Montana
Alberta Tie Ltd. Sells Out Remaining Long Term
Tonbridge Power Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TBZ
"Tonbridge" or the "Company"), through its wholly-
owned subsidiary, Montana
Alberta Tie Ltd. ("MATL"), which is a project designed to interconnect the
electricity markets of Alberta and the US Pacific Northwest through a 230Kv transmission
line, is pleased
to announce that the project has sold out all of the its
current permitted capacity on its transmission line.
Power Agrees to Acquire 72% Interest in Path 15 Transmission Line in California
Jun 29, 2006 - Press Release - Atlantic Power Corp
Atlantic Power Corporation
(TSX:ATP.UN) ("Atlantic Power" or the "Company") announced
Atlantic Power Holdings, LLC ("Holdings") has agreed
to indirectly acquire 100% of Trans-Elect NTD Path
15, LLC, which owns approximately
72% of the transmission system rights in the Path 15 transmission
(the "Project" or "Path 15") located in California.
ISO Board Approves Three Major Transmission Projects
2006 - California ISO
The California Independent System Operator Corporation
(California ISO) Board of Governors Operations
Committee today approved,
and sent to the Board's consent calendar, three major improvements that will strengthen
the transmission grid in northern California. The trio of transmission projects
will also reduce the cost of managing transmission bottlenecks and maintaining
adequate generation for local reliability by approximately $30 million per year.
Combined with four smaller projects that did not require Board approval, the grid
enhancements will add transmission capacity and reduce local generation needs
by 700 megawatts.
Govs talk energy infrastructure
Apr 12, 2006 - The Cherry Creek News
A major announcement on Western clean energy infrastructure project is expected
to be unveiled next week by several Western Governors at the New Frontier Power
Summit, a summit meeting on electricity transmission that kicks off on Monday
April 17th at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort in San Diego.
The Oil Habit
the American people are way out in front of our leaders. We're ready to face our
challenges, and we deserve new and forward-looking solutions
Among Electric Grid Operators Helping to Meet High Demand for Power
Aug 11, 2005 - PJM Interconnection - Transmission & Distribution World
Mid-way through a hot, humid summer, electric grid operators across much
of the country have managed
increased demand for power by coordinating their
efforts to ensure reliability and maintain system
- Hot Button: Wake-Up Call on Electricity Needs
2001 - Peter Asmus - San Jose Mercury News
The electricity crisis threatening
California and the West today, and the rest of the nation tomorrow, is a profound
wake-up call. It's time for executives in business and government to come to grips
with the gap between the needs of the New Economy and the environment on one side
and the level of electricity service our outdated and stressed energy infrastructure
provide on the other.
Unveils Strategic Plan For Expanding Distributed Energy Resources
Dec 4, 2000 - United States Department of Energy
The Department of Energy
released its "Strategic Plan for Distributed Energy Resources," outlining a national
effort to develop clean, reliable and affordable distributed energy technologies
over the next two decades. Undersecretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz announced
the details of the Strategic Plan at today's session of the department's Advanced
Turbine Systems Annual Program Review.
energy secretary positive about opening of Mexican electricity
11, 2000 - The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- U.S. Energy Secretary
Bill Richardson on Friday characterized as "very positive" a proposal by Mexico's
president-elect to open this country's electricity sector to private investment.
Western Powerlines to Come Under a Single Operator
Oct 16, 2000 -
Press Release - Bonneville Power Administration
PORTLAND, Ore., -- Nine
electric utilities are considering a plan to bring nearly 30,000 miles of high-voltage
transmission lines under an independent regional transmission organization (RTO),
thereby improving the reliability and efficiency of the Northwest's power grid.
Chief: Electricity Crisis Looms
Oct 11, 2000 - Kevin Flynn - Denver
Rocky Mountain News
There will be a crisis in the nation's electrical
supply system within five years if the federal government doesn't encourage the
private sector to modernize, U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said in Denver
in U.S. power link between Connecticut and Long Island
30, 2000 - ABB
HVDC Light technology key to 40-kilometer subsea link
Zurich, Switzerland - ABB, the global technology company, has won a US$ 120-million
order to supply the transmission system for the HVDC (high-voltage direct current)
Cross-Sound Cable subsea power interconnection linking Connecticut and Long Island,
New York, in the U.S.
Electric Power from Here to There
Feb 1997 - Volkmar Dimpfl - Archives
What's behind the household electrical outlet? A lot more than
meets the eye. As network interconnections multiply, management is becoming increasingly
Grid-Connected Distributed Power Systems
Apr, 1996 - Donald E. Osborn
& David E. Colier -National Solar Energy Conference
The utility grid-connected
market has been identified as a key market to be developed to accelerate the commercialization
of photovoltaics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has completed
the first three years of a continuing commercialization effort based on the sustained,
orderly development of the grid-connected, utility PV market. This program is
aimed at developing the experience needed to successfully integrate PV as distributed
generation into the utility system and to stimulate the collaborative processes
needed to accelerate the cost-reductions necessary for PV to be cost-effective
in these applications by about the year 2000.
- The Heat is
on the Grid
When the heat is on, the transmission
grid is tested. And it passed without serious incident during the un-
hot temperatures in mid July. But, reserve margins in some parts of the United
States took a
dip, emphasizing the need for new and modern forms of generation
that can be sent over a robust
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