Proposals 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.
The date and location of the meeting
are still being worked out, Whitley said during
a daylong forum on energy sponsored by the Connecticut
Business and Industry Association.
The lines are important because they
would enable Connecticut to tap into vast renewable
energy resources, said Donald Downes, chairman of
the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.
"It makes a lot of sense, particularly
if Connecticut is to reach its goal of having 20
percent of its energy portfolio come from renewable
resources by the year 2020," Downes said.
Direct current transmission lines
would make it technically feasible to bury the cables
for long distances, either underneath the seabed
of the Atlantic Ocean or underground on land, Downes
The proposal for direct current transmission
lines is part of a multipronged approach for upgrading
the ability of the grid to move power into Connecticut
that will include power line projects in eastern
and northern Connecticut, Whitley said.
Those improvements are part of the
New England East-West Solution, or NEEWS as utility
officials call it.
"That project will help us to move
power in from the north," Whitley said. The NEEWS
project is scheduled to be presented to utility
regulators in Connecticut and in other states in
early 2008, he said.
The project would link southeastern
Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Connecticut's
power grid in Killingly and Lebanon.
It would also improve the transmission
links between the Springfield area in western Massachusetts
and North Bloomfield and Watertown in Connecticut.
The project would be undertaken by
two of New England's largest electric power distribution
companies, Berlin-based Northeast Utilities and
National Grid USA.
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