Take a look at the latest happenings in high voltage work in this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
PG&E Teams Up With TransCanyon for Transmission Projects
California-based PG&E Corporation’s regulated electric and gas utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, has formed a strategic alliance with TransCanyon, LLC. This partnership will jointly pursue competitive transmission opportunities requested by the operator for the majority of California’s transmission grid, California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO).
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Disney's New Solar Farm Is Not-So-Hidden Mickey
Duke Energy and Walt Disney World officials announced details of the Mickey-shaped solar farm near Epcot. The five-megawatt solar farm is being called the Walt Disney World Solar Facility. The farm is about 22 acres, part of a 15-year agreement that allows Duke Energy to build, own and operate the farm on Disney's land. In return, the farm will provide solar power to Walt Disney World.
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The Natural Gas Revolution is 'Real'
Advancements in technology have unlocked vast natural gas reserves that have long been trapped in thin, nonporous rock known as shale. The breakthroughs caused U.S. gas supplies to skyrocket and gas prices to plummet, encouraging the use of natural gas for power generation. After years of robust gas production, a rapid shift to more flexible dispatchable power and a steady rise in new gas-fired projects, a new king of power generation is about to be crowned.
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AEP to Invest $66 Million in Infrastructure
American Electric Power is launching a $66 million investment in its infrastructure to upgrade electrical delivery service in Carroll, Tuscarawas and Harrison counties. The project includes a new substation in northwest Harrison County called the Yager Substation and upgrades for transmission lines.
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Co-op Transmission Sale Aimed at Reliability
An Oklahoma electric cooperative plans to focus on its distribution service after selling off its transmission assets to a competitive transmission company. Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Hooker, Okla., turned over the operation and maintenance of 410 miles of 69- and 115-kilovolt power lines and related transmission substations in the state’s panhandle to GridLiance Holdco on April 1.
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California Leads the Way
Driven by state policies, California has been moving towards its renewables and clean energy goals for the last 20 years. Last year the state enacted SB-350, which Southern California Edison supported. This legislation established the latest target of 50 percent renewable electricity in the state by 2030, doubled the energy efficiency savings requirements in buildings within that same timeframe and recognized the importance of transportation electrification in achieving California’s carbon and clean energy goals.
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The Intermountain Energy Storage Project
Out in the middle of nowhere, in the high desert of rural Utah, the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project flexes its 1,900-MW muscles to provide electricity to Los Angeles and Southern California. It's a job the plant has performed since 1986, when plant owner Intermountain Power Agency completed a five-year construction project and began operation of the 950-MW Unit 1, to be followed about a year later by the commissioning of an identically-sized Unit 2. Today the plant is operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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