Catch up on trends in the high voltage industry with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Alliant Energy Gets PSC Go-Ahead to Build $700 Million Power Plant Near Beloit
Alliant Energy Corp. won the state Public Service Commission’s verbal approval to build a power plant near Beloit. The $700 million project will add a natural gas-fired power plant next to the existing 675-megawatt, natural gas-fueled Riverside power plant. The new generator will be able to produce up to 700 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 535,000 homes and will be the first fossil fuel power plant to be built in the state in nearly a decade.
Read more from the Wisconsin State Journal
New South Asheville Duke Energy Substation to be Online in 2018
Duke Energy plans to begin construction of a substation early next year in South Asheville. Because of increasing power demands of customers in that fast-growing area, the Charlotte-based utility intends the substation to be online by November 2018. A 115-kilovolt power-transmission line stretching 1.8 miles will be built to connect Duke’s existing Asheville Plant-Osteen West to the new substation.
Read more from Citizen-Times
Power Plant to Have 'Switching Station'
Eversource Energy plans to build a new a "switching station" at the site of the Oxford power plant as part of a project that will go through the town. the power company expects to file a petition with the Connecticut Siting Council for the 115-volt switching station within a month and, pending approvals, start the work by late spring.
Read more from Republican American
DOE Approves Critical Transmission Project to Deliver Energy Bill Savings to More Americans
More low-cost, clean wind energy will soon be available to American homes and business as the U.S. Department of Energy approved America’s largest clean energy infrastructure project this century. The DOE’s approval of the proposed Clean Line Energy’s Plains & Eastern Line project would deliver the output of 4,000 MW of low-cost wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to customers throughout the Southeastern U.S. – delivering more than four times the electricity output of the Hoover Dam.
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FirstEnergy (FE) Unit Starts Building 230kV Transmission Line
Diversified energy company FirstEnergy Corporation’s utility operating subsidiary, Jersey Central Power & Light has begun the construction of a new substation project in Monmouth County, NJ. The project is part of JCP&L’s ‘Energizing the Future’ initiative, a $250 million transmission system reliability enhancement program. The 16-mile, 230-kilovolt transmission line will be built along the existing right-of-way, with a steel pole to connect the JCP&L substations in Howell and Neptune. In addition, wooden structures in an existing 230-kV transmission line will be replaced with steel poles. The project also includes the installation of circuit breakers and remote-control communications equipment in these substations.
Read more from Zacks
New TVA Power Lines on Schedule for Summer
North Lee County should benefit from a new high tension power line under construction by the Tennessee Valley Authority. “The project will add 16 miles of new transmission lines to connect the Union substation with Tupelo,” said TVA public relations officer Chris Stanley. According to TVA, the new transmission line will improve the electric reliability of the area and relieve possible overloading on existing lines.
Read more from DJournal
Construction Starts on Final Segment of Line Project
Jersey Central Power & Light has started construction on the final segment of a new 11.5-mile transmission line project designed to enhance service reliability and help meet the growing demand for electricity. The current construction involves building an eight-mile section of a 115-kilovolt transmission line between an existing JCP&L substation in Hightstown and a transmission structure located near Manalapan.
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