Stay on top of 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.
Eversource Invests $370 Million in New Hampshire in 2016 to Enhance Reliability
Eversource has invested in local communities in New Hampshire to modernize the electric grid and enhance reliability for customers. Thanks to the many important improvements completed this year, power can be restored more quickly when outages do occur. In New Hampshire alone, Eversource has invested approximately $370 million in 2016 to maintain and upgrade the company’s electric systems.
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Belmont Light Completes Transmission Line Transfer
Belmont Light officially received approval from the Belmont Municipal Light Board to transfer ownership of a newly constructed 115kV Transmission Line to Eversource, effectively bringing to a close the development phase of Belmont’s Blair Pond Substation and Transmission Line project on December 15. The construction of the new transmission line was a significant component, along with the construction of the new Blair Pond Substation, in developing an effective energy distribution solution for Belmont residents and businesses for the next 40 years.
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Energy Grid is Being Enhanced
A new high-voltage transmission line that will result in a smarter and more reliable energy grid has been successfully installed by MidAmerican Energy Co. The 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as Multi-Value Project 3, spans approximately 120 miles and touches portions of six northwest Iowa counties. MidAmerican built two new substations, modified an existing substation and rebuilt existing 161-kilovolt transmission lines along the same route.
Read more from The Messenger
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative and SunPower Dedicate 20-Megawatt Solar Power Plant
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) and SunPower (SPWR) recently dedicated a 20-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant that is now generating clean, renewable solar power for customers in SSVEC's service territory. SSVEC will purchase the power generated by the solar plant under a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunPower. SSVEC is retaining the renewable energy credits associated with the solar plant.The plant is anticipated to generate enough electricity to serve the needs of approximately 2,800 average Arizona homes over the next 20 years, based on estimates provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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License Issued for $1B Montana Power Storage Project
A Montana company has been granted a license to build a $1 billion, 400-megawatt power storage project in the central part of the state that would supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources. The 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Absaroka Energy to construct and operate the project on a 177-acre site the town of Martinsdale. The facility called the Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project would use excess power produced by wind farms or other sources to pump water uphill to a 3,000-foot long reservoir. During times of peak consumer electricity demand or when the wind is not blowing, the water would be released to turn hydropower turbines and keep electricity flowing.
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MISO Integrates First Solar Project into its Wholesale Market
The Midcontinent ISO has integrated a solar farm into its wholesale market for the first time. The 100-MW North Star solar farm outside of Minneapolis is the largest solar facility in the Midwest and will sell its output to Xcel Energy. Several large solar farms have been built in the MISO region, but North Star is the first that can trade its electrical output in the wholesale energy.
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sPower Connects its Largest Solar Project to the Grid, 107 Megawatts of Power Going to the California Department of Water Resources
sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, and the California Department of Water Resources recently announced commencement of commercial operations of the 107 megawatt Solverde 1 solar farm. The project is located in the City of Lancaster, California. sPower installed more than 330,000 solar modules with a peak construction crew of 250 plus workers. The project was developed under an aggressive schedule going from signing the PPA to completing interconnection to building and commissioning the project in just 12 months.
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